Ru­ral growth deal is a step in the right di­rec­tion

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

The ru­ral growth deal that will hope­fully be com­ing to Ar­gyll and Bute will not only be very wel­come but will go to ad­dress at least some of the past un­fair­ness my lo­cal area has had to put up with.

With the sup­port of my Con­ser­va­tive group, I have played a key role in mak­ing sure the Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der­stands all the is­sues fac­ing the Kin­tyre and Is­lands ward and to see that we are given right­ful promi­nence in Ar­gyll and Bute’s ru­ral growth deal pro­pos­als.

I also have given strong ad­vice to all of my col­leagues on the ad­min­is­tra­tion about the chal­lenges we face across the area.

From Is­lay and Jura, vast tax con­tri­bu­tions have flooded into the cof­fers of cen­tral gov­ern­ments of every po­lit­i­cal stripe for decades as our in­fra­struc­ture has sadly dis­in­te­grated.

Our need to im­prove lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture, job op­por­tu­ni­ties, hous­ing stock, broad­band and elec­tric grid ca­pac­ity must all be ac­knowl­edged and not left on the back burner.

While noth­ing is guar­an­teed and the ru­ral growth deal will not ad­dress all of Ar­gyll and Bute’s many prob­lems, this is a step in the right di­rec­tion.

What is guar­an­teed is that I will lobby and fight for my con­stituents in the Kin­tyre and the Is­lands ward and do all I can to see we are not side­lined as we have been in the past. Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Is­lay.

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