Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 11 January 2019

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Work begins on £200,000 improvement of Inveraray Avenue Screen

Work on £200,000 worth of improvements to the Category A-listed Avenue Screen in Inveraray is underway.

The Avenue Screen’s existing render needs to be entirely removed and replaced. Weather-proofing works are also required on the screen and will be carried out as part of the contract, which is part of the council’s drive to protect Inveraray’s stunning architectural appearance following previous major repair and conservation works to a string of buildings in the town.

Residents and visitors will notice scaffolding being erected at the Avenue Screen from Monday, January 14, as contractors make preparations to begin the removal of the existing render.

The project represents further investment by the council in the town following the Inveraray Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), which was successfully completed last year.

Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Economic Development, said: “Over time, render needs to be replaced for both aesthetic and safety reasons, and we are pleased to be carrying out these improvements now. We aim to ensure that any inconvenience is minimal throughout the duration of the work, which we expect to be completed by the end of the summer.”

It is important to note that there will be periods of non-activity during the works, for example when stonework is being allowed to dry prior to the application of new render. Scaffolding will remain in place during these periods. There will also require to be short periods of closure of the central arch to traffic. The main period of non-activity will be from late February until April.

Further updates on the ongoing progress of the project and any traffic orders will be issued going forward.

It is anticipated the scaffolding will be removed and the work completed by the end of the summer.

 

 

Did you know?

Is Lochgilphead the most romantic place in Argyll and Bute? Almost 30% of civil marriages carried out by our registrars in 2018 were in the Lochgilphead area.

 

News

Former Oban pupil shortlisted: Former Oban High School pupil and current pro golfer Robert Macintyre is shortlisted for the European Challenge Tour's Shot of the Year.

Single Person Discount Review: Argyll and Bute Council is currently carrying out a review of all residents who currently receive a 25% Single Person Discount (SPD) on their council tax. SPD is claimed when an adult is the sole adult occupant of the property. Whilst most residents who claim the discount are genuinely eligible, there are a minority who are attempting to deceive the system.

Winning school photographers: Councillor Kieron Green, the council’s Depute Policy Lead for Education, visited Tarbert Academy Secondary and Oban High School to present the winners of our October holidays photo competition with their prizes. The top prize of a framed presentation of her winning picture and £50 cash was awarded to Tarbert Academy’s Chloe Twynham for her lovely rainbow picture.

Fair Start Scotland: Are you, or is someone you know, unemployed and struggling to get back into work? Well this could be your year thanks to Fair Start Scotland.

 

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Argyll and Bute is a great place to live and work so if you’re looking to make changes in 2019, there are plenty of opportunities for you here. At the moment, we need social workers, teachers, clerical workers and a marketing officer. That’s just a few of the jobs on offer at the moment. For more information visit My Job Scotland.


 

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 18 January 2019.