Ru­ral Growth Deal

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Sir, The Ru­ral Growth Deal that will hope­fully be com­ing to Ar­gyll and Bute will ad­dress at least some of the past un­fair­ness to Is­lay and Kin­tyre. The Con­ser­va­tive group has played a key role in mak­ing sure Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der­stands all the is­sues fac­ing the Kin­tyre and Is­land’s ward. I have also ad­vised my col­leagues on the ad­min­is­tra­tion about the chal­lenges we face across Ar­gyll and Bute. Is­lay and Jura has sent vast tax con­tri­bu­tions into the cof­fers of cen­tral gov­ern­ments of ev­ery po­lit­i­cal stripe for decades upon decades but our in­fra­struc­ture has sadly dis­in­te­grated. We need to im­prove lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, hous­ing stock, broad­band and elec­tric grid ca­pac­ity. Noth­ing is guar­an­teed and the Ru­ral Growth Deal will not ad­dress all of Ar­gyll and Bute’s many prob­lems but it is a step in the right di­rec­tion. What is guar­an­teed is that I will lobby, fight and shout re­lent­lessly, for the Kin­tyre and the Is­lands ward, and do all that I can to see that we are not side­lined as in the past. Councillor Alas­tair Red­man, Port­na­haven, Is­lay.

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