Comment posted Challenge to local election candidates from Museums and Heritage Forum by Emmett von Braun.
Sometimes I wonder if Argyll & Bute Council actually understands the value of heritage and the role it has in the local community. I am also concerned about the lack of attention that has been given to the real (and potential) economic contribution that heritage has to offer. I hope that whoever succeeds in the forthcoming election doesn’t just talk about supporting heritage in principle, but actually outlines a way to properly assess and deliver a series of practical measures, what ever the end-result of that particular consultation process is. Without consultation and >real< subsequent action I fear that we will be lost in a game of words with no real progress being made.
The first step? Talk to the members of the Argyll and Bute Museums and Heritage Forum. Listen to their ideas and suggestions from their variety of backgrounds and experience. Then talk and listen to the community, go and see for yourselves how the 99% of tourist attractions are run and barely survive. Think about how the rest of Scotland, and the rest of the world, views us. What impression will we create if our heritage is left to ruin? Think about what people do when they go on holiday. Do we want people just to visit for the landscape and invest in little else? Think about what is required in order to improve that.
Do we really want Argyll & Bute to become a desolate cultural graveyard? Are we capable of growth? Think about the potential drivers that will make people come and want to stay (and subsequently invest). Think about identity, citizenship and community cohesion. If the community has no outlet to express itself, how on earth can you expect people to stay? If there is no expression, how on earth can you expect people to visit?
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