Young blood boosts Colon­say Co

The Oban Times - - News -

AN IN­JEC­TION of young blood has ‘en­er­gised’ the Colon­say Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (CCDC) as it aims to at­tract new fam­i­lies to the is­land.

Its board of man­age­ment also co- opted ‘ex­pe­ri­enced hand’ Dan­nie Onn, af­ter a pub­lic vote at its re­cent AGM, where each of the 44 lo­cal mem­bers present re­ceived a bal­lot sheet con­tain­ing the names of the 10 can­di­dates, from which they were to choose eight.

For­mer direc­tor Scott Weather­stone said: ‘Those in at­ten­dance were over­joyed at the prospect of an­other elec­tion, on the heels of sev­eral gen­eral elec­tions, a Scot­tish par­lia­men­tary one, a coun­cil one and two ref­er­enda.

‘For the first time in sev­eral years, there were more can­di­dates than there were places on the board.

‘Ros Jewell, an artist and carer for the el­derly, Colm McNi­choll, a crofter and fencer and Caro­line Sey­mour, also a crofter plus a school and shop- worker, were the three new can­di­dates.

‘The gen­eral re­sponse among lo­cal folk to the elec­tion re­sult was that be­ing rep­re­sented by a com­mit­tee with its full com­ple­ment of mem­bers could only be pos­i­tive with re­gard to the de­vel­op­ment of Colon­say.

‘More­over, given that at­tract­ing new fam­i­lies to the is­land is the cen­tral aim of CCDC, the con­tri­bu­tions of the youth­ful new co­hort will be par­tic­u­larly valu­able.’

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