Good news for is­landers

The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO STO­RIES last week gave me cause for plea­sure.

One was the cam­paign be­ing fought on Raasay to save the is­land’s com­mu­nity hall, while the other was the grant­ing of plan­ning per­mis­sion for new af­ford­able hous­ing on Colon­say.

In the case of Raasay, lo­cal peo­ple face a tough chal­lenge as they need some­where north of £18,000 to bring the hall, a cru­cial amenity for is­land life, back to a fit con­di­tion for pub­lic use.

For Colon­say, de­spite there be­ing a num­ber of ob­jec­tions, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil was right to ap­prove the new homes, as there is a des­per­ate short­age of af­ford­able hous­ing on the is­land.

What both share, of course, is the dispir­it­ing prob­lem of de­pop­u­la­tion, a blight on many re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, let alone in the is­lands. Any­thing that makes a vi­brant com­mu­nity more vi­able gets a thumbs up from me.

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