Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 15th December 2017

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

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Focus on:

Provost’s Christmas message – “The Christmas season is with us once again and it is wonderful to see Argyll and Bute looking festive, colourful and vibrant. Christmas is a truly joyous time filled with family, friends, fun and festivities and New Year an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to next with real excitement.

“This is a time that means many things to many people and I’m happy to say it’s when communities come together and celebrate with each other.

“I am also aware that for many this time of year can be difficult and my thoughts are also with them. I know everyone is busy but I would ask you to please take some time to think about others.

“As 2017 comes to an end I wish everyone in Argyll and Bute a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.”

Councillor Len Scoullar - Provost of Argyll and Bute

Did you know?

Challenge, choice and change - you only have until Tuesday, 2 January 2018 to have your say and give us your ideas on changing how we work to meet funding challenges.


Former Gleaner Oil site in Ardrishaig to be brought back to life – the former Gleaner Oil site in Ardrishaig is one step closer to being brought back to life as a waterfront community and businesses hub, after funding from the council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund was agreed.

Council supports redevelopment of Kilmartin Museum – the council committed to supporting the Kilmartin Museum Company and agreed £400k of capital funding to help with the redevelopment of the important archaeological museum.

Fair Start Scotland contract worth over £850,000 secured – the council’s Employability Team has secured a contract, worth over £850,000, to deliver the local Fair Start Scotland contract and support long term unemployed people with disabilities and health conditions back into work.

Collaboration to bring UK space industry to Kintyre – the council remains committed to the UK space industry and working with partners to bring highly-skilled jobs to the area.

Regeneration of Campbeltown town centre continues - the latest phase in the £2.2 million regeneration of Campbeltown’s town centre is gathering momentum, with work to repair a number of prominent buildings getting underway.


Review of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils 2017 - following an initial eight week public consultation period on the proposed amendments to the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, we are now having a six week period where you are invited to give us your comments on the amended scheme.

Conservation Area Appraisals - Easdale and Ellenabeich – the council has undertaken a full review of the Easdale and Ellenabeich Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans. We are looking for your views about the identified characteristics and sensitivities of the conservation areas and how development within the area can be managed.

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.

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.

This week we have a wide range of vacancies: 

Next edition

Our next news round-up will be issued on Friday, 22 December 2017.