Councillor Donald Kelly of the Argyll First group, Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate standing for election in South Kintyre on 3rd May, has sent us a copy of the response he has made to the Argyll Rural Schools Network (ARSN).
ARSN has requested all candidates to endorse a commitment they have drafted to opening dialogue on a new vision for rural education in Argyll and Bute, including a presumption against the closure of rural schools.
Donald Kelly says:
‘Having been heavily involved for the past eleven years fighting the corner for viable Rural schools I fully support the ARSN statement.
‘Argyll First have been the only group on the Council to take a totally consistent view regarding the retention of Rural schools.
We must campaign to encourage RSLs (Ed: Registered Social landlords – like ACHA and Fyne Homes) to start building new houses in many of our small villages thereby sustaining our Rural communities.’