Question time on the area’s future

Residents are to get a chance to question a high profile panel  about what they think needs to change to encourage more people to live and work in the Helensburgh and Lomond area.

Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership (CPP) has pulled in eight panellists for the event on Thursday February 6.

They include Fiona Logan, chief executive of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park; Captain Alistair Willis, Deputy Naval Base Commander at Faslane; Professor Robert Wright, Professor of Economics at Strathclyde University and Brian Keating, chair of Visit Helensburgh, to take part.

The ‘Question Time’ style event starts at 7.30pm in the Victoria Halls and Barry McEwan, CPP chairman and Police Scotland’s Divisional Commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, is urging people to take the opportunity to go along and help shape strategic delivery plans for the next 10 years.

The panel is being chaired by retired Cove-based consultant Finlay Craig and he will also be joined on the night by Katie Burke, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament; public health specialist Elaine Garman of NHS Highland; Mr McEwan, and Councillor Gary Mulvaney, chair of the council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee

The event in the evening is being preceded by workshops in the afternoon between 2pm and 4.30pm at the same venue and these are also open to the public.

Six workshops will focus on one issue each: economy, infrastructure, education, health; young people and safe and strong communities.

To book a place at both the workshops in the afternoon and the public debate in the evening, or to submit a question for the panel, email or phone 01436 658740.

Residents are also being encouraged to complete a survey available here.

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