Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 07 February 2014

We are keen to keep you up-to-date with information on the work of the council. Here you will find information including links to news from the council, a ‘Did you Know’update and other news.

Welcome from Leader of the Council, Councillor Dick Walsh

“High on my agenda this week has been a question that is key to securing a prosperous future for Argyll and Bute: what would make Argyll and Bute a better place to live, work and play? 

I have been fortunate enough to live and work here all my life. There is nowhere I would rather be. I know from responses to our budget consultation exercise – thank you to everyone who replied – that safe and friendly communities and our wonderful natural environment are some of the qualities that you value in living here.

Our population however is falling. To ensure that Argyll and Bute can prosper into the future we must reverse this trend: it is people who keep communities thriving.

Next week, 13 February, we will set our budget. Our financial planning is shaped by the goals we are working to achieve for Argyll and Bute with our partners such as Police Scotland and NHS Highland, as well as the Scottish Government. These are set out in our Single Outcome Agreement and will be key in attracting jobs and people to the area.

Working in partnership has never been more important than it is now. The council alone cannot achieve the progress needed for the future prosperity of Argyll and Bute. We would like to work not only with our partner agencies but also with our communities. I had the chance to meet with people in Dunoon this week to speak about Argyll and Bute as a place to live, work and visit and am looking forward to speaking with people in Tarbert the week after next about the same thing.

Our on-line survey is still available. If you have not already had the chance to do so, I would ask you to please give us your views on Argyll and Bute as a place to live, work and visit by answering our on-line survey. Thank you.”

Some population facts

The population of Argyll and Bute dropped by 3.4% between 2001 and 2011, to 88,166

Area

Sum of 2001 Population

Sum of Usually resident population 2011

% population  change

Bute and Cowal

22,590

21,506

-4.8%

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands

21,743

20,951

-3.6%

Helensburgh and Lomond

27,809

25,717

-7.5%

Oban, Lorn and the Isles

19,164

19,992

4.3%

Argyll and Bute

91,306

88,166

-3.4%

Did you know?

Advice for food businesses:  If you are thinking about starting up a food business, or are running a food business, we can provide information that may be useful to you.

Tell Us Once: The Tell Us Once service will help you cut down the number of local and central government departments you have to contact to register a birth or a death.

Keeping Fit: If you would like to get fitter, we have a number of leisure centres across Argyll and Bute.

News from the council

Here are links to recent press releases:

First Cancer Information and support service opens in Argyll and Bute

A new service providing information and support for people affected by cancer will open in Campbeltown Library on Friday 7 February.

Research your family tree at Campbeltown and Lochgilphead libraries

Campbeltown and Lochgilphead libraries are hosting free one-to-one taster sessions for people interested in researching their family history.

Argyll and Bute’s past goes under the spotlight at Campbeltown Museum

Argyll and Bute’s past is to be revealed – in a series of new exhibitions coming up at Campbeltown Museum this year

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 14th February. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk