Leader, October 29 2021

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Rural crime: something needs to change

More must be done to prevent the continued spate of thefts which have  blighted Kintyre farms in recent years.

To be targeted once must be incredibly frightening but some farmers have been targeted again and again, despite following advice to increase security and lock vehicles away.

Maybe now that non-farming vehicles have also been stolen – a van in 2019, a car in March 2021 and another car last week – the wider community may realise the seriousness of the situation.

The impact of rural crime takes a huge toll on the mental health of those who live in rural areas like Kintyre, many of whom choose to live here because of the low crime rates.

It is therefore heartening that everyone the Courier spoke to in relation to the thefts seems genuinely keen to work collaboratively towards a solution.

Have your say on education

Parents must make sure their opinions are known about Argyll and Bute Council’s proposal to cluster some Argyll and Bute schools.

No matter your opinion – if you think an amalgamated Kintyre super-school would create a united front or if you think a dedicated headteacher for each school is better – you must make your voice heard.