Comment posted 11th April: George Berry chairing hustings for Oban Wards 4 and 5 by Daniel MacIntyre.
Ken as Iain – SNP Cllrs didn’t support OBM, maybe with the exception of late Donald MacDonald, and Skye was bold enough to challenge a senior officer who advised against supporting on a legal technicality. However, the project wasn’t passed and SNP was well represented. The SNP could have been united and applied an “intelligent, committed and informed” decision. The turnout of hundreds and more importantly, biz’s parting with hard earned cash should have been enough to highlight this. SNP can’t slip out of all the BIG decisions that they missed (schools, CHORD etc)
If in power next time around then no hiding!
Daniel MacIntyre also commented
- don’t remember him mentioning anything about location!….was all on the business case. at the public meeting their reasoning was based on the business case. no mention of public opinion. he may have taken note of it but doubt there was a swell of passionate constituents bashing down his door!
- understand this…..its a separate matter! but how can A&BC charge taxes for use of improved landing/shoreside at North Pier (for example) I thought TIF was future incremental finance used for capital investment….but what taxes will be applied?
The cruise liners currently pay 50p per passenger so, how is that plus additional tonnage going to finance the large £M’s of proposed projects? Likewise, for a development road??? Will it be a toll road as reported by Cllr McCuish (only joking) or is it anticipated that their will be huge influx of businesses/population growth due to Lorn Arc? I’m not clear newsroom, do you have better understanding?
I can see TIF being used for a science/business park or for town centre even bout not clear with Lorn Arc
- council wouldn’t support shoreside/landing improvements and they were wanting access direct to Oban. you can’t sell a glasgow/loch lomond to oban flight, when it actually landed on kerrera and passengers ferried to oban
- Iain – SNP & supporters can’t complain about the cruise liner proposal…..as the influential Cllr McCuish did not vote for OBM. His reasoning was that he didn’t want a community org (run by business people) to suffer if it didn’t wash its face. However, his fellow Cllrs will just push ahead with 100% funded project that we’ll all pay for anyway!
Economic development is all about measured risk and addressing market failures. The council should have supported OBM as it was proven to be the best project/economic case from the entire CHORD portfolio.
C’town got a all weather football park!! still to see the business case on that one, the sinking fund alone will be hard to attain! Cllr McCuish will be able to confirm that for our own Community Park.
So SNP can’t complain about the recent CHORD approval but I must take my hat off to council/councillors who made successful LORN Arc submission
Oban constituents need much more detail on TIF. On a personal level, i would like to know how A&BC (Oban) would accrue future business rate tax from improvements to marine and shoreside infrastructure? I thought it was CMAL/A&BC that collected berthing/landing charges (per tonnage) not a Tax? (are they the same thing?)
- very good points spock – accessibility and connectivity – should be top priority for all candidates!
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Mike….it was spot on, as you say, the message needs to start M6/M74/M8. Businesses are justified in their frustration due to disruption but we all need to work together to ensure all business services are maintained, to get visitors in, and product out!!!
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well done to Mike Story for his excellent interview with Radio Scotland yesterday. Great to have a rapid response to the negative coverage that is repeatedly used when this occurs. We should all get busy turning negative into a positive……..visitors take the ferry!!
- A genius event to market Argyll and the Isles in the winter season
“gallingly little attention” isn’t exactly accurate newsroom and I’m confident that your opinion isn’t drawn from informed conversation with members of SFD from within Argyll. SFD had myself based in Oban and supporting many of the clients that you regularly feature in good news stories such as that of MacMillan Foods. Many have also been Excellence award winners and some gained extra supermarket listings via SFD activity. Over and above this, many Argyll companies will have contributed to F&D exports & growth stats during a deep recession which helped prop up Scottish economy. Finally, Our past chief exec also visited the first “Stronger Together” summit and sought further engagement with companies.
Unfortunately, SFD priorities are with companies that can grow in UK and export markets, including the much maligned multiple retailers. When doing so, the “readiness” has to be established as there are factors to consider and lots of work for many of the primary producers and micro biz’s before they can benefit from SFD activity.
SFD is be held up as an exemplar of how to cooperate as a sector. Just look at the recently launched Scottish Tourism Alliance strategy document and you’ll notice how they have used it as a model of best practice. In a similar comparison, your positive view of Argyll & Isles Tourism has also benefited from adopting such a model.
With the exception of large international brands (salmon, whisky) Argyll doesn’t have a huge number of tier 2 businesses. We do have a series of very exciting businesses in the meat, bakery, beer and seafood categories but all will require time & support to achieve the growth and market penetration. All whilst, they still have to overcome major challenges that hinder their ability to remain competitive such as connectivity (transport, ferries charges), skills shortages and profitability so they can invest for the future.
so…….SFD is only been in existence for 4-5 years, so give them a chance and get behind them and seek their involvement. Argyll & Isles Tourism and Food from Argyll aren’t the magic bullets in isolation but events such as this where all the positive businesses come together will certainly help the region get noticed. Working in partnership and aligning with strategic bodies will help accelerate growth aspirations if all “buy-in” with cash and energy and pull in the same direction
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Grant, not sure that this was/is an Argyll & the Isles initiative as per the rest of this thread. It would appear to be a private venture but I may be mistaken (as it needs clarified). Another point would be that I’m not 100% sure its a local app developer, unlike others we have with the skillset in our region. On the positive, it is really encouraging development as publicly funded organisations & projects such as Argyll & Isles Tourism should stimulate investment from private sector, esp in improving the quality of product and the marketing of a product. They should not displace such activity, so lets hope this is an Argyll & Isles development and we don’t end up with another mobile optimised website or app etc. Well done to Catriona and anyone else that has supported this.
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cmon larry, think you’ve got a typo there!!
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