Argyll and Bute Council news round-up -15 February 2019

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Innovative wireless network comes to Argyll and Bute towns

Argyll and Bute Council has signed up to a cutting-edge wireless network system that can send data between wireless devices and businesses and organisations without the need for cellular or Wi-Fi.

The IoT Scotland ‘Internet of Things’ network was launched today (Friday, February 8) by Glasgow-based Boston Networks. IoT Scotland will provide a wide area wireless sensor network for applications and services to collect and send data from devices, supporting businesses to develop new and innovative applications and change the way they work.

The term Internet of Things refers to devices such as sensors that can connect to the internet and interact and exchange data. For example, a central heating boiler alerting its owner that it requires a new part, or to monitor property, communicating changes in environmental factors, such as humidity, to owners. Boston Networks’ IoT Scotland is the UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network, and Helensburgh and Oban will be among the first places to be installed with the gateways required to access the network.

The network will work via 500 LoRa (Long Range) wireless gateways situated throughout Scotland at a total cost of £6million, part funded by £2.7m from the Scottish Government, with further support from Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and private sector investment from Boston Networks itself. There is no cost to Argyll and Bute Council.

Councillor Rory Colville, Policy Lead for Corporate Services, said: “This is a great opportunity for Argyll and Bute to be at the forefront of this new technology and we were delighted to work with Boston Networks to bring IoT Scotland to Helensburgh and Oban. While cities like Glasgow will have extensive access to IoT Scotland, it’s important that more remote areas can also benefit and we look forward to seeing the network up and running in Argyll and Bute.”

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Did you know?

From 26 October 2018 to 31 January 2019, our gritters treated 35,491 miles of carriageway with 10,256 tonnes of salt. Go to our website for more information on our winter maintenance programme.


Council affirms commitment to equality: The right of everyone in Argyll and Bute to be treated fairly will be protected by a range of priorities designed to tackle all forms of discrimination.

Statement on Coll, Colonsay and Tiree air services: Planning a trip between Oban and Coll, Colonsay and Tiree after 15 May? Please check the ferry timetables at As it stands, there will be no scheduled flights for at least six weeks from that date, while we work towards putting a new air services contract in place.

New milestone for Helensburgh Waterfront: The Helensburgh Waterfront Development has reached another milestone with the publication of the public Contract Notice. Following the awarding of planning permission for the £18million project last month, contractors are now being invited to bid for the awarding of the contract which will result in a new leisure centre and swimming pool opened in the town, replacing the existing facility which will be demolished.

Rest and Be Thankful Roadworks – plan ahead: BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, are proposing to carry out essential carriageway maintenance works on the A83 Trunk Road, through Rest and Be Thankful. The resurfacing works are provisionally programmed for construction from Sunday 10th March 2019 for 4 nights, between the hours of 8pm to 5am. To ensure the safety of the workforce and members of the travelling public the carriageway will be subject to a road closure for the duration of the works. Road users are advised to use the approved diversion route during the working hours.




Houses in multiple occupation: A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share facilities such as the bathroom or kitchen. We would like to hear your views on what issues will be considered when assessing applications for HMO licences and planning permission


Work with us

We’ve been getting messages recently from people saying they’re about to move to Argyll and Bute and how much they’re looking forward to it. This is a chance to extend a warm welcome to everyone just about to join us and to remind others that there are a great many opportunities for people looking for a new way of life. This week, we’re looking for teaching staff, clerical workers, regulatory services officers, classroom assistants and mechanics. Find out about these, and other roles, at MyJob Scotland.


Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 22 February 2019.