Council Leader Walsh asked to inform chamber on local proposals for refugee assistance

The Argyll and Bute SNP Councillors Group has welcomed First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s early announcement regarding the Scottish Government’s support for refugees seeking safety in Europe, before the detail of the UK Government’s commitments is known.

The Group recognises the early response of Argyll and Bute Council and local Registered Social Landlords, and their collective agreement to provide accommodation for 20 families in the first instance.

Sandy Taylor, Leader of the group of SNP Councillors, has asked Council Leader Dick Walsh, to make a statement to elected members at this week’s Community Services Committee. Mr Taylor has asked Mr Walsh  to confirm the detail of discussions, decisions and commitments made to specific actions, so that Members can be satisfied that Argyll & Bute Council is doing all it can.

Mr Taylor says: ‘Meeting earlier this week, SNP Councillors expressed their pride in how communities across Argyll and Bute have responded, offering to welcome people into their own homes, organising coffee mornings and other fundraising activities, donating bedding, clothing and other household items in anticipation of refugees coming to live in our communities  in Argyll and Bute.

‘The whole of Scotland was horrified with the image of that little boy , dead on the beach. We are a compassionate nation and Argyll is a place that has always taken in strangers.

The Council has assets which it could deploy to help those who are in desperate need of help. I hope the Council Leader will  assure us that everything that can be done is being done.  The SNP group stands ready to ensure that we are not found wanting .’

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  • Oban gets everything there is to get from Argyll & Bute Council , I trust the town will be taking the 20 or more refugee families coming to the constituency .

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    Regularflyer September 9, 2015 7:00 am Reply
  • plenty of empty council properties to let them have – what about Castle Howard for example. No doubt they would say ‘not fit to live in’ compared with what they have had to leave it would be a palace!!!

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    mike September 9, 2015 10:51 am Reply
    • ‘Castle Howard’ certainly would – but ‘no doubt’, Mike? Perhaps you consider yourself a superior Aryan breed of human?

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      Robert Wakeham September 9, 2015 12:14 pm Reply
      • sorry don’t follow?

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        mike September 9, 2015 1:16 pm Reply
  • Goodness me, you mean to say the councillors of A&BC have their grubby little fingers meddling in Castle Howard (a stately house in Yorkshire) as well as Castle Toward? Rumour has it that all the discarded tents from T in the Park are being erected on the cricket pitch and playing fields at Castle Toward.

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    Alex September 9, 2015 1:42 pm Reply

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