Council leader: ‘Let’s turn expertise and intention into action and progress’

The speakers at Wednesday's Economic Summit in Queen's Hall, Dunoon.
The speakers at Wednesday's Economic Summit in Queen's Hall, Dunoon.

The leader of Argyll and Bute Council has said “Argyll and Bute boasts an economy of opportunity”.

Speaking at the Economic Summit held under the auspices of Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership in Dunoon’s Queen’s Hall on Wednesday, October 29, Dick Walsh told representatives from the private, public and voluntary sectors that despite the current financial climate, economic investment is regenerating economies across the area.

Mr Walsh said: “You are here because, like me, you care about Argyll and Bute. You count in the life of Argyll and Bute and you matter to its future. You have views and expertise that can make the difference we need to make. You too share the belief that by working together we can build a strong, prosperous and vibrant Argyll and Bute.

“Today is about developing the economy and securing the future of this wonderful area of Scotland. It is about securing the future for everyone in Argyll and Bute – our children, our families, our pensioners, our communities.”

The summit came about after the publication of statistics which show that Argyll and Bute’s population decline is projected to continue, with the expectation the authority will show the second highest decrease in the whole of Scotland. Mr Walsh commented: “Think for a moment about what a declining population could mean for you. If you are a business owner, it could mean fewer customers and difficulty in recruiting skilled staff. It could mean difficulty in providing our elderly people with the level of care we would like, through the threat of reduced resources. If you are a parent, it might mean fewer child care opportunities or recreation facilities.

“We must reverse this decline. I say we because this challenge is not about one of us but about all of us. We need to bring more people to Argyll and Bute to live, work and visit.

“Today is about turning expertise and intention into action and progress for Argyll and Bute. It is about building the prosperous future we know Argyll and Bute can have. It is about backing Argyll and Bute.”

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