Plenty to talk about at Picture House discussions

Aileen Campbell MSP, centre, with Cathie Duncan and Steve Byrne from Dalintober and Millknowe Tenants and Residents Association.

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There was plenty to talk about when the Cabinet Minister made her visit to Campbeltown last week.

Cathie Duncan welcomed Aileen Campbell to Campbeltown Picture House on behalf of Dalintober and Millknowe Tenants and Residents Association (DMTRA) and introduced her to Jane and David Mayo who showed her around and explained the history of the cinema and restoration.

‘Aileen Campbell talked about her brief which is quite wide and varied,’ said Steve Byrne, secretary of DMTRA. ‘Rather than a formal meeting it was an informal discussion format that worked well.’

Mr Byrne added: ‘More work is being done by the voluntary sector but the amount of funding is not increasing at the same rate.’

He revealed that among the issues discussed during the minister’s visit to Campbeltown were:

  • Campbeltown presence on the Locality Planning Group – although community councillor representation was required, the Campbeltown Community Council was not selected.
  • Bed modelling meetings for Campbeltown Hospital when after thee years of meetings it was announced that four hospital beds were closing and the decision had been made in 2016.
  • The Senior Citizens’ Monday Social Club and the work it does.
  • The disparity of wind farm funding with Campbeltown getting about £3,000 a year while East and West Kintyre receive considerably more.

See next week’s Courier for the key findings for Kintyre from the newly published Social Enterprise in Scotland Census 2019.