Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 15th June 2018

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

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Focus on: the stories of Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Youth Services is asking people of all ages to help gather stories, film clips, photographs and objects about the area to celebrate the uniqueness of Argyll and Bute.

The Digital Storytelling Project is part of the national Year of Young People. It aims to bring together our younger and older generations to share their stories and folklore tales.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This is not only a great way of capturing precious stories about the area, but it’s an excellent opportunity for a mix of generations to work together.

“Argyll is teaming with folklore tales, from giant serpents and mermaids being spotted on our coastlines in years gone by, to stories of haunted caves and bloody battles - we’ve got a lot to talk about.”

If you have stories about the area, we’d love to hear them. To find out more and get involved, please see our website.

Did you know?

Beautiful beaches: With the highest number (23) of inhabited islands, and the second largest mainland area of all Scotland’s councils, Argyll and Bute boasts some of the country’s most beautiful beaches.


Plan agreed to involve parents in education: “Evidence shows that pupils behave better, achieve more and have better attendance when their parents are involved in their schooling.” These were the words of the council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly when the Community Services Committee agreed a revised Parental Engagement Strategy.

Dunoon teams make national final second year in a row: Two teams of pupils from Dunoon Grammar School are calling for help from members of the public after making it through to this year’s Apps for Good UK final.

Pupil equity funding being put to good use: Pupil Equity Funding is helping children to improve literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.

Work with us

We have a range of jobs on offer this week. If you’re interested we'd love you to come and work for us.

These include: Social workers, environmental health officers, teachers, assistant park supervisor, assistant harbour master, HR Assistant and roadworker.

To find out more please visit My Job Scotland.


Future of Public Services: If you haven’t been able to make it along to our Big Listen events, but have views on public services, you’d be very welcome to get involved by joining our web chat on Monday at 5pm.

Help bring investment to Argyll and Bute: The Council and our partners are working to secure UK and Scottish Government funding for the area – and we need your help. Please take just a couple of minutes to back a rural growth deal for Argyll and Bute.

Replacing windows in listed buildings and conservation areas: What in your view works for conservation and building improvements?

Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan: What impact does crime have on your area? What would reduce offending?

Proposed Simplified Planning Zones - Lochgilphead and Salen: This is about making it easier for people to build their own houses.

Flood risk management: SEPA is running a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland 

Next edition 

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 22 June 2018.