Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 13 October 2017

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up.  


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Come and meet Bessie! Bessie the Play, Talk and Read bus will be winding her away across Argyll and Bute next week, bringing songs, stories and play sessions to children. Everyone’s invited and it’s free of charge. Find out where you can catch Bessie here.


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Keeping your home safe: You can get a free home fire safety visit from members of Scottish Fire and Rescue. The service is available to everyone. They’ll also fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home needs them. Find out more here.




Double delight: Furan Gaelic Centre is celebrating double success after reaching the final of the prestigious Scottish Gaelic Awards, and taking first prize in a competition run by the Royal National Mod for its book club.

In the bag: A simple, fast and efficient new system for ordering replacement liners for food waste bins in Helensburgh and Lomond is on the way.

Shape our future: We’re developing a new plan that will set out our planning and development proposals for the years ahead – and we want you to help shape that vision. We’re launching an eight-week consultation on 16 October – look out for it on our website and give us your views.

Beware of spoof emails: If you get an email that looks as though it may have come from the council, asking you to supply details to get an HMRC rebate, beware. It’s likely to be a spoof. Here’s what to look out for.

Levels drop: Six shellfish areas where raised levels of E.coli bacteria or naturally-occuring algal toxins were found have returned to normal levels. We regularly monitor shellfish areas to ensure the quality of Argyll and Bute’s shellfish remains high.

Oban BID: Businesses in Oban have voted to renew the town’s Business Development District. The total number of votes cast in the ballot was 207, with 153 voting in favour of the proposal and 54 voting against. We’ve full results.

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Community Learning and Development (CLD) plan: This plan allows members of the public to find out about the CLD work going on in communities around Argyll and Bute. The plan has a simple email feedback facility that can be used to contact the partnership. For more information go to and let us know what you think.

Community councils: We are proposing some changes to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. This sets out our mutual agreement with our 56 community councils to help them represent their communities as widely as possible.

Your View Counts: Police Scotland wants your opinions on policing which will help shape how it operates in future. Please take part in this five-minute survey.




The Council delivers a wide range of services for our communities. This means we employ a huge variety of professions, skills and experience. You can find out more here about opportunities to work with us.


On our myjobscotland site this week we have opportunities to join us as an amenity warden, Active Schools co-ordinator, catering manager, principal teacher of English, classroom, clerical and catering assistants, additional support needs assistant, driver/pupil escorts, school cleaner and teachers at primary and secondary level.


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Next edition


Our next news round-up will be issued on 20 October 2017.