Kintyre and Islands candidates speak ahead of vote

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ALL OF the introductory statements from the Kintyre and Islands ward – which includes Tarbert and north Kintyre – candidates at the Argyllshire Advertiser Tarbert hustings are now available to view individually.

Click on the links below to see and hear what they have to say ahead of the Argyll and Bute Council election on Thursday May 4.

Robin Currie, LibDem

Anne Horn, SNP

Michael Kelly, Labour and Co-operative

John McAlpine, Independent

Alastair Redman, Scottish Conservative

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Under-pressure council to hold special education meeting

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Argyll and Bute Council headquarters, Kilmory

A CRUNCH meeting of Argyll and Bute Council is to be held this week focusing on a recent inspection report which graded aspects of the education service as ‘weak’.

The ‘special meeting’ came about after ten of the council’s 36 members asked for it to be held.

Local politicians have raised concerns over the reaction of council leaders to the damning Education Scotland report since its publication in March.

Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute, said: ‘There is a significant

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Residents face three per cent rise in council tax and a hike in service fees

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Argyll and Bute residents face a three per cent rise in council tax and a hike in charges for fees and services.

Read the full story in the February 17, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Chris and David serve their time

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Chris with (left) supervisor Davie Lang and mechanic Alister MacArthur

TWO apprentices from Argyll and Bute Council have become fully qualified HGV mechanics.
Chris Cupples from Lochgilphead and David Butler from Dunoon have been attending Glasgow Training Group since they started their employment with the council three years ago.

Read the full story in the May 27 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

Jobs and services axe threat as council faces hard choices

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Jobs will go and services are to be slashed as Argyll and Bute Council faces up to sizable funding gaps over the next five to six years.

Read the full story in the October 9, 2015 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser by clicking here.

Opposition mounts to boundary changes

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AMID growing disquiet over proposed changes to Argyll and Bute Council wards, highlighted in last week’s edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser, local MSP Michael Russell has waded in to the debate, saying that the plans ‘need to be opposed’.

Read the full story in the August 21, 2015 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser by clicking here.

Council boundary plans ‘ridiculous’

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PLANS to re-draw the local government boundaries of Argyll and Bute could ‘destroy’ attempts to regenerate rural areas, according to Mid Argyll community leaders.

Read the full story in the August 14, 2015 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser by clicking here.

Council gives its support to Spaceport

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ARGYLL and Bute Council have began a formal partnership with Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) which is bidding for their site at Machrihanish to become a spaceport.

Read the full story in the August 14, 2015 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser by clicking here.

Business ‘killed’ by road works

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Road works in Lochgilphead have disrupted business in the town an owners have said they did not receive notice of the road closure.

Resurfacing work began on Argyll Street, between Lloyds chemist and Danny’s hardware shop on Tuesday.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser,June 19 2015, also available online.

Pitch review may go in favour of Lochgilphead 3G pitch

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THE CAMPAIGN for a 3G all-weather football pitch in Lochgilphead has received a boost after Argyll and Bute Council confirmed the town’s 2G pitch may need to be replaced.

Peter Laing, a Mid Argyll football referee, submitted a petition urging the council to upgrade the Lochgilphead Joint Campus pitch to 3G surface earlier this year; it had more than 1,400 signatures.

For the full details, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, January 24 2014, also available on line at <a href="http://www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

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