Argyll and Bute’s population increased last year – according to latest statistics.
The National Records of Scotland figures show that the area’s population grew by 240 (0.3%) people over the year to the end of June 2016 to 87,130.
Cleland Sneddon, the council’s Chief Executive, said:
“This is really welcome news. As a council our focus is on creating jobs, opportunities and growing our economy. Change is always possible and it is extremely pleasing to see that our hard work and efforts, with strategic partners, to reverse the recent population decline and to create a vibrant economic future for the area by encouraging people and new business activity to come here, stay here and return to Argyll and Bute have been a real success.
“There is a renewed confidence in the area and we will continue to invest in key projects such as our roads, town centres, schools and historic buildings.
“We have regenerated and transformed our town centres through our £30 million pound CHORD programme, making them attractive urban spaces to live and visit. Ambitious projects such as the Oban North Pier transit berthing facility, the development of the Queens Hall in Dunoon and Helensburgh’s Waterfront will further enhance the area and facilities available for residents and visitors alike.
“We have welcomed Syrian refugees to Bute and are working with them to create new businesses on the island.
“Innovative and bold initiatives like our Rural Resettlement Fund, which makes moving to the area for people and businesses looking for new opportunities and a different way of life more attractive, or our Local Growth Accelerator Programme, giving local businesses the chance to access the support needed to grow and expand, are real opportunities we have made available.”
“Building a prosperous future by securing economic growth, attracting new companies, new people and new private investment is our number one priority. However we can’t do this alone and will work with others including the UK and Scottish Governments to support infrastructure improvement, regeneration, business growth and encourage inward investment.”
“These figures show that Argyll and Bute is a great place to live, work and invest.”