A £70 million investment in economic growth for Argyll and Bute has been agreed on 11th with the formal signing of the area’s rural growth deal.
The rural growth deal (RGD) brings together £25 million each from the Scottish and UK Governments, and at least £20 million via Argyll and Bute Council and partners.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:
“This announcement clearly shows the benefits that can come to local people when our two governments come together in a common purpose.
“However, what will count now is the rapid roll-out of this investment and seeing results on the ground.
“Argyll and Bute has enormous potential, but we also face some major challenges in terms of dealing with neglected infrastructure such as the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful, so there really is no time to lose.”
Cllr Alastair Redman said:
“This is very welcome news indeed for our Argyll and Bute economy. While there are many challenges ahead this is certainly a huge step in the correct direction.
"This will not fix all of our issues here in rural Argyll and Bute, but going forward, our recovery from the pandemic must not only focus on protecting existing jobs and markets but creating new ones as well.
"Let's unlock Argyll and Bute's massive and world beating potential by empowering our dynamic entrepreneurs to help create sustainable growth and opportunities."