Island Connections event 'a real success'

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Published Date: 

3 Nov 2016 - 13:43

A special event that brought together Argyll and Bute’s islands communities was a real success.

Around 70 people attended Island Connections – organised by Argyll and Bute Council – which was held on Seil Island, to share best practice and learn how communities are addressing issues that can affect island life.

Councillor Len Scoullar, chair of the Argyll Islands Taskforce, said:

“I want to thank everyone who attended for their time and commitment to Island Connections. It was pleasing to see so many people from our islands communities at the event with those attending contributing to lively discussions about the proposed Islands Bill, economic growth, transport and infrastructure, health care, housing and digital connectivity.

“The residents of Argyll and Bute’s 23 inhabited islands may face challenges but there are also real opportunities that exist for those who live there. Their energy, vibrancy and a positive pro-active approach to island life is welcome.”

“This event was extremely successful and provided the ideal forum to discuss and share ideas.”

Delegates heard from the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Health and Social Care Partnership, the Scottish Futures Trust and the council.

Speakers from island communities included the Mull and Iona Community Trust, Argyll and Bute Coast and Countryside Trust, Bute Island Alliance and Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme.

All the presentations were filmed and will be made available on the council’s website.