SNP sweeps to victory in Argyll and Bute

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The Scottish National Party’s Brendan O’Hara has ousted Liberal Democrat Alan Reid from the  Argyll and Bute seat in Westminster, which has been  Liberal Democrat since 1987.

The result was declared at 5.40am on Friday May 8, with the SNP seeing a victory with a majority of 8,473 over the Liberal Democrats.

Mr O’Hara polled 22,959 votes, while Mr Reid had 14,486 votes.

Alastair Redman, Conservative, polled 7,733 of the votes, while Mary Galbraith, Labour received 5,394 and

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Inveraray teenager heads off to parliament

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A keen teenage politician is leaving Mid Argyll to embark on a new career at the Scottish Parliament.

Kyle Renton recently become a member of the Scottish youth parliament and now has landed an apprenticeship in financial resources at the parliament in Edinburgh.

Read more about Kyle’s journey in the Argyllshire Advertiser, Macrh 27 2015, also available online.

A83 petition to go before parliament

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The case for permanent a solution to the problems on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is to be made to the Scottish parliament.

Argyll First councillors have learned that their petition calling for action on the route will be heard by the parliaments petitions committee on February 17.

For more on this story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 26 2014. Also available online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Lochgilphead takes on St Andrew’s in Scottish Shield

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Lochgilphead High School (LHS) welcomed St Andrew’s Secondary School to the joint campus on Thursday December 4 for the third round of the Scottish Shield competition.

Having defeated Vale of Leven and Drumchapel in previous rounds, the hosts were  feeling confident going into the game.

Read the full match report in the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 12 2014, also online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Inveraray bar manager is best in Scotland

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Inveraray is officially home to the best bar manager in Scotland as The George Hotel wins another coveted award.

The hotel’s Simon Smith was named the best bar manager in Scotland at the Scottish Bartenders Network annual awards ceremony.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 31 2014. Also available online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Crinan boaters’ amenities now open

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Luxury showers and wet rooms with under floor heating will now greet boaters using the Crinan Canal after a £360,000 facilities block was built at Crinan Basin.

The block houses showers, toilets and a laundry room and has an outside terrace, all with disabled access.

Find out more in the Argyllshire Advertiser, August 8 2014, also online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Argyll Select victorious again

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Argyll’s amateur footballers were victorious again as they went toe-to-toe with a select from the Scottish Amateur Football League.

Read the full match report in the Argyllshire Advertiser, June 13 2014, also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Housing minister meets Lochgilphead new homes’ residents

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One of the biggest housing developments Lochgilphead has ever seen is making a ‘huge difference’ to the lives of people living there, Margaret Burgess, the housing minister for Scotland, pictured far right, said.

Ms Burgess was in Lochgilphead to formally open Fyne Homes’ 101-unit development on the former Lochgilphead High School site.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 23 2014, also on line at www.argyllshireaadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Outrage as Whitehouse wind farm decision overturned

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The Scottish Government’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial wind farm – originally rejected by Argyll and Bute Council – has left people questioning the democratic process.

Government ministers gave the go-ahead to the proposed Freasdail Wind Farm, near Whitehouse, despite it being rejected by councillors and vehemently opposed by the local community.

To read more about the decision and reaction, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, April

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Ardrishaig wind farm scaled back

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A third planning application for a wind farm to sit in the hills above Ardrishaig is to be submitted tothe Scottish Government, as the developer insists it has listened to locals’ concerns about the project.

EDF Energy, the company behindCruach Brenfield Wind Farm, has said the proposed number of turbines has dropped from 25 to 18, while the energy output is 59.4 megawatts.

For details on exhibitions of the plans in Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig, see the Argyllshire Advertiser

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