Argyll and Bute welcomes refugees

Refugees fleeing the Syrian war zone are to be welcomed into Argyll and Bute with open arms.

In an announcement made today by Argyll and Bute Council, at least 20 refugees will be offered housing and support in the area, with the possibility of more in the future.

Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “We have a moral duty to help. We cannot sit back and do nothing while these poor people try desperately to escape war torn countries, risking their lives and their family’s lives in the process.

“If we can help just 20 people, then that’s 20 people who will have the opportunity of a better life.”

Councillor Walsh continued, “We will be working alongside our Community Planning Partners to discuss the best way to support them and to integrate them into our communities.

“The spirit of positivity – of moving forward together – is much, much more than a title or a theme. Here in Argyll and Bute it is, quite simply, how we think and what we do.”

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Mark

Neil – Thought u would have realised that project fear2 wont work in Scotland again for the refugee (or any other) situation. Scotland is not too wee, too poor, too stupid or too frightened to welcome refugees to its shores

Neil

Hi Geoff good comment about the council and I agree they did promoted their support in a very passive and not condescending way which I totally agree with, I also agree with your comments regarding actual refugees regarding temporary accommodation whilst waiting to be relocated no issues here at all, the issue was the poster which unfortunately for Gerry is political and does state the whole village welcomes refugees. Anyone that believes the refugee crisis is non-political is clearly not watching or following the news from around the world, this is a huge political point for everyone not just Scotland… Read more »

Gerry McGinty

“Putting a poster up on a notice board stating the whole village welcomes refugees without consultation is a bold move.” The posters DO NOT claim that the whole village welcomes refugees – they are generic sentiments which I would suggest reflects the views and welcoming nature of the majority of Scots people – a people who, over many years, have taken in and welcomed refugees from many different forms of oppression. Further, the posters are NOT POLITICAL but are simply offering aid from people of many shades of opinion who cannot sit idly by and watch victims of war who… Read more »

As a serving Ardentinny Community Councillor it came as a surprise to receive a communication from the Chair of the CC asking if I would support a notice being placed on the village notice board, forbidding posters expressing support for the refugees fleeing various conflicts,citing the advice given to CC by Argyll and Bute council to refrain from political issues. I have not been involved in any discussions with fellow community councillors to determine whether these can be considered political or humanitarian matters, that decision seem to have been taken by the chair, bypassing the democratic process. To describe a… Read more »

Geoff

Neil. Unsurprisingly there are very efficient structures in place in Scotland for helping and welcoming refugees. We’ve been doing it for a long time. The Council did not put up posters as it used the Press and other media to get this news across. I suspect those putting up posters with a welcome message are doing so in solidarity. I find it heartening to know that already people in Ardentinny have offered to home refugees. Often their need for immediate shelter is a short-term one until they can be relocated to where there are further opportunities and support before they… Read more »

Neil

Thanks for at least registering that I have an opinion Anna, fortunately although the council didn’t ask anyone’s opinion they also never went around putting posters up all over the place as well, wherever these so called refugees of which I can only hope some are genuine are placed there will be trouble guaranteed. Don’t get me wrong here I am all for helping actual refugees but let’s face facts here these are not simply refugees anyone that thinks that are clearly not watching this calamity unfold, we have enough problems of our own with personnel living off the streets,… Read more »

Neil
I am sure that Argyll and Bute council did not ask each person living here of their opinion.
They had the bold move to show a humanitarian gesture.
Thank goodness there are some people out there with kind hearts.
But you of course are entitled to your opinion, as we all are.

Lucas

If what you are suggesting is true, it is indeed a very sad reflection on our society.

Neil

If it was the view of the whole village I could understand your comments here however it is clearly not the view of the whole village as you haven’t even approached anyone in the village to ask their thoughts on this matter. Putting a poster up on a notice board stating the whole village welcomes refugees without consultation is a bold move. I would suggest at the very minimum go around and get the views of the community before placing these very political comments up on the board, you may well be in for a shock as it is very… Read more »

Anna Williamson

As a Grandmother of small children it breaks my heart that so many are dying. The families that do make it have a horrendous journey ahead of them. I often think what it would be like for me and my 12 5 and 3 month old grandchildren to suffer in this way.

Gerry McGinty

Great news! But what a pity that someone in our wee community of Ardentinny takes exception to welcoming refugees and goes to the extreme bother of repeatedly stealing ‘REFUGEES WELCOME’ posters from the village noticeboard. I could accept their opposing point of view in debate but ‘sleekit’ vandalism of this sort makes me sick!!!