Oban drug summit discussed at Oban Community Council meeting

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Oban Community Council is keen to be involved in any future drug related meetings.

Speaking at Monday night’s meeting, chairwoman Marri Malloy asked that the community council be kept in the loop.

This comes after Alastair MacGregor, chief executive of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA), and councillor Julie McKenzie called for a stakeholders meeting to take place to help those suffering with substance abuse in Oban.

The issue was highlighted Monday night’s meeting and community councillor, George Berry, expressed his disappointment that there was not a representative from the police in attendance.

Councillor Kieron Green said: ‘Clearly this is an issue of great concern. It would be understandable if the community council wanted to write to the police and get some information from them.’

Community councillor, Kieth Miller, said: ‘These groups and agencies have been sitting round the table for years. It’s not good enough to say that the same people can sit round the table and come up with the same self preserving solutions.’

Councillor Jim Lynch said: ‘We need to be doing something different and the community council need to be included. If you are going to make a bid for Scottish Government funding, you need to show you are doing something different.’

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, ACHA, Councillor McKenzie, and chairwoman of the Oban, Lorn, and the Isles Area Committee, councillor Elaine Robertson have all previously said they would attend a drug summit.