Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 14th December 2018

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Community always at the heart of Rothesay Pavilion

Every resident of Bute will be watching the progress of the £14million refurbishment of Rothesay Pavilion with great interest – but few have the famous building as close to their hearts as local woman Jean Muir.

Much of Jean’s childhood revolved around the Pavilion, as she lived in the house to the rear of the building. The house was where the Pavilion manager lived, and Jean’s late father Dugald held the post for more than 30 years from around 1950 to the early 1980s.

When Dugald retired, the family moved to a home nearby and Jean still lives there to this day. As she watches the continuing work on the refurbishment of the Grade A-listed Pavilion, Jean can’t help but remember the great times she and her sister Moira enjoyed during its heyday.

Jean said: “It was our playground. We spent so much time there that my mum May, my sister Moira and I were almost like unpaid employees! I remember the BBC would often use one of the rooms in our house to film interviews with the performers or dignitaries who were at the Pavilion, so we’d have cameras and microphones trooping through the house.”

The Pavilion played host to a string of top entertainers. Andy Stewart, local girl Lena Zavaroni, an up-and-coming Billy Connolly and, latterly, top Scots rock band Mogwai have performed at the Pavilion, showing the diversity of the acts it attracted.

Did you know?

Our registrars have set up a new Instagram page to promote what a great place Argyll and Bute is to get married. The page is abregistrars #abplace2wed.


Council’s budget gap expected to increase: The Scottish Government funding allocation for local government could increase Argyll and Bute Council’s funding gap for 2019/20 to around £9million.

Councillors back drive for Lochgilphead and Helensburgh regeneration: Councillors have given their backing to proposed heritage-led regeneration projects for Lochgilphead and Helensburgh.

Council commitment to help stop the stigma of mental illness: “The mental health and wellbeing of our school communities is a priority. We need to help stop the stigma often associated with mental health disorders and ensure that our young people and staff have access to the support they need.” Councillor Yvonne McNeilly

Christmas and New Year arrangements: Our offices may be closed, but the council’s work still goes on. You can still get in touch with us by phone and via the website.

Work with us

Argyll is a great place to live and work and we’re looking for new people to come and join us in a range of roles throughout the area. These include teaching staff in a variety of subjects, a mechanic, clerical workers and catering assistants.

You can find out more at MyJobScotland. 


Craignure Pier – Learn more about the work to explore the future of Craignure Pier and give your thoughts on the findings.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 21 December 2018.