Rory Colville appears to have discreetly left the Liberal Democrat party and with no public announcement to that effect.
His election literature for the South Kintyre council ward has been distributed and carries no mention at all of his former party.
Setting that aside as a personal distress, Mr Colville’s election leaflet has brightened the entire election campaign.
How many in Argyll had any idea that we had, as one of our 36 elected councillors, a man who has chosen to regenerate Argyll and Bute single-handlely, when he could be saving Scotland, the UK or even the eurozone?
Believe it or not – and you’d better believe it because he says that this is: ‘Rory’s record of achievement’, here is the list of what, all by himself, Rory Colville has achieved in Argyll and Bute Council since his formal membership of the current ruling administration began so recently in December 2010.
The costed items alone add up to £42,780,000 and these do not include the value of all of the improvements to Kintyre’s roads Mr Colville has achieved but modestly leaves unpriced – nor the value of a range of other benefits he has managed, by his solo efforts, to bring to bear for the benefit of his community.
Are you sitting down? Prepare to be astonished – and eternally grateful. And vote.
‘Rory’s record of achievement’ includes the following:
- Around £15 million for a new Grammar School for Campbeltown.
- ‘£90k‘ for rewiring and new doors for Drumlemble Primary school. (‘£90k’ is a lot of rewiring and fabulous doors,. How big is Drumlemble school?)
- ‘£175k‘ for a new heating system for Dalintober Primary school. (‘£175k’ would heat a castle. How big is Dalintober School?)
- ‘£65k’ for new heating for Castlehill Primary School. (Is this what Argyll and Bute Council pays for public sector contracts? A clear case of OPM – Other People’s Money.)
Potholes and roads
The chosen order of these two items is revealingly apt – there are certainly more of the former than of the latter in Argyll. But let us not digress from ‘Rory’s record of achievement’:
- 50% improvement in Council commitment to improved roads over the next three years. Rory will work to ensure that South Kintyre gets its fair share of this. (Well, since he claims to have arranged this all by himself anyway, he deserves to be in a position to say who gets what.)
Major road works already approved – by Rory – for the coming year, include:
- A83 Kennacraig to Clachan, Achnafad to Ballochroy, Kilmaho to Craigs, widening south of Muasdale
- Southend roads: North Carrine to junction of C18, C18 junction to Lephenstrath
- Solution to rebuilding Dunglass Bridge (Is there no end to Rory’s amazing abilities?)
- Early solution to Conieglen Southend Landslip on the B842. (Argyll obviously needs Rory to produce an early solution to the landslip at Rest and Be Thankful.)
Who ever imagined a single director has so much power? Rory is clearly some operator.
‘As a Director of ACHA (Argyll Community Housing Association) Rory alone has ‘secured £15 million of investment for ACHA housing:
- 54 new homes New Parliament plus allotments
- 32 new homes Kinloch Road (Park Terrace)
- Refurbishment of Milknowe Terrace
- Refurbishment of Dalaruan Terrace
Other major successes
It doesn’t stop there.’Rory’s record of achievement’ also includes:
- Secured £800k for the Campbeltown All Weather Pitch
- Secured £68k for improvements for Campbeltown Museum
- £1.2 million for improvements to Old Quay
- Secured 3 year contract for Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
- Secured new lighting columns for Dell Strett – oh – ‘and elsewhere’
- Got funding for the Sanda Renewable Energy Tidal Unit
- But Rory was also man enough to get out the Marigolds – he claims to have maintained the summer toilet facilities at Westport for the last five years – which, at that rate, he must have started cleaning as soon as he became a councillor back in 2007. So grounded.
No one should imagine that Rory is at all parochial. He has not stopped his one-man epic world changing activities at the Kintyre or even the Scottish Border.
- He ‘Supported the European Team to secure £3.95 million of European Regional Development Funding.
- Then he ‘Successfully fought for the council contribution of £4.5 million worth of improvements to the New Quay.
- And even found time to make: ‘ the case for the new road through Park Square and other route improvements to facilitate transport of wind towers’ – he costs this at a very modest £1 million.
- And he is anxious that no one forgets that he also achieved ‘Kinloch Road regeneration and £1 MILLION of town centre improvements.’
What have the other 35 elected members been doing – and why do we bother with them? All we need is Rory.
And promises for the future?
Suffice it to say that, if elected, Rory will do everything.
What is there to say?
God love him.