Time to back Argyll and Bute’s ru­ral growth deal

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Argyll and Bute Coun­cil is ask­ing the pub­lic to ‘help bring mil­lions of pounds of in­vest­ment to the area’ by an­swer­ing a short con­sul­ta­tion.

The coun­cil, along with pub­lic, private and vol­un­tary sec­tor part­ners, is putting to­gether a bid de­signed to at­tract UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment through a ru­ral growth deal.

As part of this, the lo­cal author­ity is ask­ing peo­ple whether they are in favour of a ru­ral growth deal and how they think in­vest­ment would make most dif­fer­ence for the peo­ple and busi­nesses who live and work across Argyll and Bute.

Coun­cil­lor Aileen Mor­ton, leader of Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, said: ‘Argyll and Bute de­serves a pros­per­ous fu­ture. It de­serves in­vest­ment. A ru­ral growth deal could bring that.

‘A deal wouldn’t bring every­thing ev­ery­one wants. It would, how­ever, be a turning point in build­ing a thriv­ing fu­ture for the area.

‘Along with our part­ners we are putting to­gether a pro­posal for dis­cus­sion with the UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments.

‘Ar­eas across Scot­land are en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of city deals. Argyll and Bute is the sec­ond largest main­land lo­cal author­ity area in Scot­land, with the high­est num­ber of in­hab­ited is­lands.

‘We are work­ing for a deal that will ad­dress our chal­lenges for eco­nomic growth by de­vel­op­ing our key op­por­tu­ni­ties for suc­cess.

‘Pub­lic back­ing and in­put will play an im­por­tant part in mak­ing a deal hap­pen. I would en­cour­age any­one who cares about the fu­ture of Argyll and Bute to take a mo­ment to an­swer this con­sul­ta­tion.’

You can give your views on­line at the ar­gyll­bute.gov.uk/ru­ral-growth-deal web­page.

Printed copies of the con­sul­ta­tion are avail­able at coun­cil cus­tomer ser­vice points or by call­ing 01546 604390.

The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til Fri­day Au­gust 10.

Coun­cil leader Aileen Mor­ton.

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