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IT HAS taken so long for the wheels to grind that many observers believed the Inveraray masterplan – launched with a flourish all those years ago – had been shelved.

Not so, and this week Argyll and Bute Council gave the nod to a massive scheme that will transform the Royal Burgh. It is a bold move, and let’s hope that there is plenty of employment for the new Inveraray residents in years to come.

Against a backdrop of declining population, this should help, but quality transport and telecommunications infrastructure are essential. They do not currently exist.

Our broadband is unreliable, mobile signal second rate, roads are crumbling and we make almost no use of the sea for transport. Fix these and we have a recipe for a prosperous future.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Ben Letham, who lost his life in a paragliding accident in his adopted home of New Zealand last weekend. Ben lived life to the full, and we should
all be inspired by his example.