Pippa Milne, Chief Executive, Argyll & Bute Council
For me, Argyll has to be the best place to have been in lockdown. Needless to say I had to keep working but to do this from a fantastic location, often sitting outside with my laptop and being able to walk the dogs at 6am every morning along the Crinan Canal and not even having to think about social distancing helped a lot.
To sum up how I am feeling? It was frenetic at the beginning, but I think there have been a lot of positives come out this with new ways of doing things. I am just back from Oban – it’s brilliant to see the businesses open. This situation has brought out a real entrepreneurial and innovative spirit and new approaches to doing business.
I have to say, we always knew our communities were resilient but the extent to which they have rolled up their sleeves to support one another has been incredible. It’s one of the reasons Argyll & Bute is such a special place – and not just the groups who did exist before, but the new groups that have formed. I am feeling really positive and optimistic about a new way forward in Argyll.