Economic report is a good starting point, says Argyll and Bute MSP

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell.

Argyll and Bute’s MSP says the inaugural report by the area’s new economic forum is a good starting point for turning around population decline in the area.

Michael Russell was responding to the publication last month of a report written by Nicholas Ferguson, chair of the Argyll and Bute Economic Forum, which - among much else - recommended that the idea of a bridge over the Kyles to Bute should at least be re-examined.

Read the report in full by clicking here.

Mr Russell said of the report: “My view is that it forms a very good basis for taking forward a comprehensive plan to reverse depopulation. However it doesn’t recommend new staff being employed in economic development by the council - which the council have gone ahead and done even before the report was published - and instead is very strong on the need for collaborative working between all those who are concerned.

“The recent charette on Bute was a good example of the community taking the lead and that needs to be the model for further work on the island, with the council supporting with the assistance of HIE and the Scottish Government.

“I am keen to help with that.”