Argyllshire Advertiser leader column – June 18, 2021

Rose Marie Parr

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Hope for carers

The people at the Dochas Centre have made good use of lockdown. They are leading the way in Argyll and helping ensure the voices of unpaid carers are heard in the corridors of power.

Youth policy

The Strachur fire station story must resonate across rural Argyll. The lack of volunteers is not helped by having very few young people. Nobody can blame those who wish to retire to Argyll or buy holiday homes, but the plain facts are that local people struggle to compete in the property market, schools are closing, shops and sports clubs are struggling and the balance of ages is out of kilter.

As touched on by Jenni Minto, we must think differently and with self-belief if rural Argyll is to thrive. We need decent jobs, genuinely affordable homes and plenty of young families.

Well done

Congratulations to Rose Marie and the other Argyll and Bute recipients of honours.

It is lovely to see people being honoured who genuinely deserve recognition.