Jake Ain­scough

Scot­tish Labour, ward four

The Oban Times - - News -

As a stu­dent-aged coun­cil­lor, my goal would be to make Oban and the Isles a for­ward-look­ing area, where young peo­ple want to stay, and peo­ple come from around the world to visit, study and work. To do this, I would aim to: Pro­tect the econ­omy: this means work­ing with lo­cal schools and col­leges to make sure that suit­able train­ing is avail­able to equip the work­force of the fu­ture.

This also means sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses both in Oban and on the isles to en­sure that they can con­tinue to grow.

Pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment: the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is a ma­jor ben­e­fit to lo­cal peo­ple, and is also the cor­ner­stone of the im­por­tant tourism sec­tor. From keep­ing the streets clean, to pro­tect­ing lo­cal beauty spots, I will make main­tain­ing a healthy nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment a key pri­or­ity.

Joined up think­ing: Oban is grow­ing and, with the RET, the is­lands are busier than ever. For this de­vel­op­ment to be sus­tain­able, in­vest­ment in hous­ing, roads and pub­lic ser­vices must be con­sid­ered in a holis­tic way.

Most im­por­tantly, I will lis­ten to you, the pub­lic. A strong link be­tween the com­mu­nity and coun­cil­lors is vi­tal, and I will work hard to make my­self ac­ces­si­ble to all.

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