Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 06 June 2014

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Focus on - awards for local sports volunteers

Argyll and Bute Council and sportscotland have launched a sports volunteer award to recognise and thank local volunteer coaches for their work in communities across the area.

Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Community and Culture said:

“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the achievements of the athletes who will take part are inspiring great interest in sport.

Locally volunteers across Argyll and Bute are giving their time and expertise to help our young and not so young people enjoy living active lives and discover their sporting talent.

This Award scheme is about recognising the efforts of our sports volunteers and celebrating the success they are achieving in communities across Argyll and Bute.

Volunteers are at the heart of sport. Their enthusiasm and commitment create opportunities that benefit the lives of others. If you know someone who has given up a substantial amount of time to volunteer in sport, and has been an inspiration for others in sport, nominating them for an award would be a great way to say thank you.”

There are two awards. Volunteer of the Year is for anyone aged 26 and over; Young Volunteer of the Year is for anyone aged up to 25.

Application forms are available from Leisure Centres, or from  The deadline for submission is Friday 27 June.

Winners of the Argyll and Bute Awards will be put forward for the national sportscotland awards later this year.

sportscotland is the national agency for sport and is committed to recognising coaches across the country for their achievements.  For more information on these national awards and what sportscotland is doing for coaching visit

Did you know?

Stewards wanted for Baton Relay: there’s still time to join in the fun of the Queen’s Baton Relay as a Steward; training will be provided.


Fifth Electoral Reviews: The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland started their Fifth Reviews to examine and update the number of councillors and the boundaries of the electoral wards for each of Scotland's 32 local authorities.


News from the council

Argyll and Bute gets ready for the Queen’s Baton: With six weeks to go before the Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Argyll and Bute, work is going on in communities across the area to celebrate the event.

Warning on shellfish – Kilbrannan Sound: Routine monitoring work by Argyll and Bute Council has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in the Kilbrannan Sound area.

Warning on shellfish – Loch Striven: Argyll and Bute Council's environmental health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring work at Loch Striven in Cowal.

Decriminalised Parking ‘Light Touch’ period extended: The decision has been taken to extend the ‘light touch’ period by one week, with full enforcement going live on Monday 16th June.

Oban North and Lorne by election 17th July: Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election for one seat in its Oban North and Lorn ward on Thursday 17th July.

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