A statement released by the Independent group in Argyll and Bute indicates that the will emerge from a year in opposition to control the authority next week.
Cllr Bruce Marshall, from Strone, released the following statement this morning (Friday), acting as the Independent group’s secretary: “A meeting of around two dozen elected members of Argyll and Bute Council agreed in principle today to work together for the benefit of the people of Argyll and Bute.
“This agreement in principle is subject to confirmation early next week. An interim leader of the council will be agreed and announced at the same time.
“No further information will be issued until the agreement is ratified by the various political groups involved.”
Helensburgh’s James Robb (SNP) resigned as council leader earlier this week following the collapse of his attempt to form an administration including Lib Dems and Conservatives.
Favourite to lead the council is the veteran Dick Walsh, who lost power in last year’s elections; if this is confirmed at next Thursday’s meeting of the full council he would be the third leader of the Lochgilphead-based authority in little over a year.
The council has 36 members, so the Independents’ figure of 24 councillors would give them a clear majority.