ARGYLL and Bute MSP Michael Russell says the SNP has the best team of council candidates it has ever had in the area ahead of the local authority election on May 3.
Mr Russell was speaking at a public meeting in Rothesay organised by the party’s two Bute councillors, Robert Macintyre and Isobel Strong, who are both standing for re-election in next month’s poll.
He said that he had both selfish and altruistic reasons for travelling around the constituency supporting SNP candidates in each of the 11 council wards.
“The selfish reason is that I spend probably half of my time as a constituency MSP taking constituents’ problems and complaints to the council,” he said.
“A good part of my constituency workload is to do with the way the council operates, and I want to change that.”
Mr Russell made reference to a report commissioned by the party’s Highlands and Islands MSP Mike Mackenzie which blamed Argyll and Bute Council’s planning policy for the area’s population decline, and named the council as the country’s worst performer in housebuilding, population growth and GDP per capita.
“The council should be building opportunities and building the population,” he continued.
“The way the council has gone about building population in the last 10-15 years has been remarkably unsuccessful.
“We have the best team of candidates we’ve ever had. They, and I, are looking forward to improving services for the people of Argyll and Bute, and an SNP majority group on the council would work with other like-minded people.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these councillors returned and playing a major role in a new and hard-working administration in Argyll and Bute.”