Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 14 March 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,  and a ‘Did you Know’ update.

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Welcome from Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of the Council

“I am delighted to announce that the council, partner organisations and our local communities have together won a prestigious award for Argyll and Bute.

“We have been awarded a Silver COSLA Excellence award for our work together in making communities better prepared for emergency situations.

“I have spoken before about the importance of everyone who contributes to a community working together for the benefit of that community. This award is a great example of that happening.

“Following the extremely disruptive weather of 2012 and 2013, the council, police, voluntary sector, other community planning organisations and communities across Argyll and Bute have been working together to produce plans to help people during an emergency and ensure a more speedy return to normality.

“Community councils across Argyll and Bute are working with us to produce emergency plans for their area. Each plan produced by the community for the community is as unique and diverse as our communities themselves.

“As this award shows, we can achieve so much more when we all work together. Congratulations to everyone involved. This is a great achievement.”

Southend’s Story: for an idea of the work that has won this award, you can hear all about the efforts made in Southend.

Did you know?

Things to do in Argyll and Bute: you can find out on our website about things to see and do locally.

Need the police? Dial 101 any time it isn’t 999.

Keep your home safe from fire: Scottish Fire and Rescue has information on steps you can take to keep your home safe.

News from the council

Council backs campaign to cut food waste

Argyll and Bute Council is supporting a new national campaign which is encouraging Scots to reduce the amount of food they waste, and start recycling what they can’t use. The Scottish Government’s Food Waste roadshow will call at Helensburgh’s Waitrose on 22 and 23 March.

£1 million road projects in Helensburgh and Lomond

Roads reconstruction projects in the Helensburgh and Lomond area for 2014/15 have been approved.

ACHA’s new build programme for 2014 to exceed 100

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) confirmed that its new build programme for 2014 will top 100 units of housing for affordable rent

Author Hamish Brown will be visiting Dunoon and Rothesay libraries this month

Author Hamish Brown will be visiting Dunoon and Rothesay libraries this month to give a talk and slide show, “Scottish Oddities”, based on his book, “The Oldest Post Office in the World”.

Council flies the flag for the Commonwealth Family

Argyll and Bute Council joined with 500 councils, civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the United Kingdom who took part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.

New Cycle Training Resource

Argyll and Bute Council, working in partnership with North Ayrshire Council, has developed a new cycle training programme called iCycle

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