Neil MacKay

In­de­pen­dent, ward five

The Oban Times - - News -

Car­ing for peo­ple not pol­i­tics is my first pri­or­ity, fo­cus­ing on lo­cal is­sues, lo­cal con­cerns and lo­cal peo­ple.

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the life­sav­ing skills of our hospi­tal, I have se­ri­ous con­cerns with words such as changes, re­views and joint in­te­gra­tion, hence I am head­ing a group that will chal­lenge the ero­sion of ser­vices.

As the orig­i­na­tor of Oban Live, I am de­lighted we have a ma­jor event to boost the lo­cal econ­omy. Its near 10,000 at­ten­dees and in ex­cess of £1 mil­lion for the re­gion has been tremen­dous.

Presently, and for some years, I have been a vol­un­tary board mem­ber of Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) work­ing to de­liver qual­ity af­ford­able hous­ing.

Oban, Lorn and the Isles does not get its share of the Ar­gyll and Bute pot, so we need our lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to have a col­lec­tive and united front at coun­cil HQ, and, if elected, I will work closely with all col­leagues.

Hav­ing had the priv­i­lege of rep­re­sent­ing Oban North and Lorn be­fore, I know be­ing a coun­cil­lor is not just for Christ­mas. I be­lieve that with my proven his­tory of get­ting things done, com­bined with what I do cur­rently, shows be­yond ques­tion that my pas­sion and com­mit­ment for our part of the world is sec­ond to none.

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