Island communities come together for special event

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Published Date: 

11 Oct 2016 - 09:53

Argyll and Bute’s island communities are coming together for a special event aimed at sharing best practice and to find out how partners and communities are working to address the issues that can affect island life.


Islands Connections - being held on Seil Island on Thursday, 20 October - will discuss the proposed Islands Bill, economic growth, transport and infrastructure, health care, housing and digital connectivity.


Speakers from across the public and community sectors such as the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust will provide insights into current policy and actions.


The council formed the Argyll Islands Taskforce to focus not only the challenges that face islanders but the opportunities and attractions that exist for the area’s 23 inhabited islands – each with its own distinct identity – that share issues that affect those living, working and visiting them.


Chair of the group, Councillor Len Scoullar, said: “The taskforce was formed to ensure that we can build a prosperous and sustainable future for our islands.

“Argyll and Bute is one of the country’s most promising areas and our islands play a vital role in delivering economic growth. Our islands deserve to prosper and grow, providing education and employment for our young people, supporting and growing our businesses and communities and benefiting from the communication, transportation infrastructure and services necessary for them to be sustainable.


“This event is an ideal opportunity for those most closely associated with island life to get together with the intention of making a difference. The council is delighted to have been invited to join the Scottish Government’s Strategic Island Group and have the opportunity to address island issues at both a local and national level.”


The Island Connections Event is open to all island residents, groups and businesses - although places are limited. To book a space go to islands-connections and register before 18 October 2106.