An islander has been appointed to take the helm as the new leader of Argyll and Bute Council.
Islay-based LibDem Councillor Robin Currie represents the Kintyre and the Islands ward. He is Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services.
Mr Currie has been appointed leader following Councillor Aileen Morton’s decision to move on from the role.
He has served Argyll and Bute as a councillor for more than 30 years, in roles as wide ranging as planning, housing, leisure, islands and roads services.
Depute Provost, Councillor Roddy McCuish, said: “These are very tough times for councils. Robin’s calm resolve to getting things done, and his in-depth experience of challenge in local government, will be key in ensuring that the council continues the progress we are making for the area.”
Mr Currie said: “I am passionate about Argyll and Bute, it is an amazing area that deserves the best. Becoming leader of its council is an honour.
“We have to be realistic about the challenges we face, primarily budget gaps that mean continued change to what we do and how we do it, and a falling population that means we must attract people and jobs to the area.
“Perhaps it’s because I am an islander, but steering a ship safely into harbour is the best analogy for me in describing my role as leader.
“I know where we want to be, and I am clear on what we have to do to get there: we must progress Argyll and Bute to the population and economic growth that will deliver a successful future; achieving this will be a team effort, so as leader I will draw on the expertise of my colleagues, locally and nationally, as well as on the priorities we agreed together for the council.
“We have a skilled, dedicated council workforce. We have a beautiful area offering envied lifestyle opportunities. And we have transformational investment in place to support the economy of Argyll and Bute.
“There will be more difficult decisions to be made, but I am confident that by working together we will also have progress to celebrate for Argyll and Bute.”