Leader – October 15

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Plaudits must be given to Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron this week following his parliamentary debate calling for a viable long-term, permanent solution to the A83 last Wednesday (full story on page three).

It was encouraging to see a positive and constructive debate, with cross-party MSPs from across the region delivering a similar message.

What matters now is what happens next.

John Gurr, chairman of the Rest and Be Thankful Campaign group, has invited Transport Minister Graeme Dey and the area’s MSPs to join him in a journey along the route, ‘on the bus too,’ if desired.

Whatever mode of transport Mr Dey choses to take one thing remains certain. Short and long term solutions need to be found and found quick if Argyll and Bute is to continue to grow and thrive.

•A massive shout out from the Campeltown Courier to all of the award winners at the inaugural Spirit of Campbeltown Awards (see pages 1, 6, 7 and 8) held in the Town Hall last Saturday night and an equally huge well done to Cheryl Lang who created and organised the event.

Finally thank you to all the members of the public who voted for the winners in each category and all those who supported the event. Truly heart warming indeed.