Al­lan McKie In­de­pen­dent, ward five

The Oban Times - - News -

I am very hum­bled by the num­ber of peo­ple who have asked and en­cour­aged me to stand for coun­cil again.

We are at a time in Oban and Lorn where en­gage­ment, good ex­pe­ri­ence and good de­ci­sion-mak­ing is go­ing to be es­sen­tial, and I be­lieve I have those qual­i­ties.

So­cial and home care is in cri­sis with our ex­cel­lent car­ers at break­ing point we must ques­tion if pri­vati­sa­tion is the an­swer and good value.

More new and af­ford­able hous­ing is vi­tal for our lo­cal econ­omy, both for bring­ing down our ris­ing hous­ing wait­ing list and cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs, and I will play my part in mak­ing this hap­pen.

The re­cent re­port on our ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment does not make en­joy­able read­ing and demon­strates the lack of ac­count­abil­ity and dili­gence at the very top.

This must be ad­dressed and we must mon­i­tor more strin­gently how the largest bud­get in the coun­cil is be­ing spent.

I will con­tinue to sup­port in­ward in­vest­ment into the area but we have to get the bal­ance right to pro­tect our long-stand­ing lo­cal busi­nesses which have been the lifeblood of our com­mu­ni­ties for years.

If you vote for me I will lis­ten, en­gage, com­mu­ni­cate and, most im­por­tantly, I will act.

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