Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 16th December 2016

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Focus on: almost £600,000 of LEADER funding awarded to Argyll and the Islands projects

Fourteen projects across Argyll and the Islands have secured a share of almost £600,000 of LEADER funding - awarded to community led projects that support economic growth and development across the area.

The LEADER programme is administered by Argyll and Bute Council and grants are awarded by the Local Action Group (LAG) to projects which fits with its Development Strategy and with match funding almost £1.2 million will be invested across the area.

Iain MacInnes, chair of Argyll and the Islands LEADER LAG said:

“I am pleased to see these awards being made, helping to strengthen and support the local economy within Argyll and the Islands. The community led focus of LEADER recognises the unique natural and cultural heritage within our area. Despite recent uncertainties over EU Funding, I am pleased that LEADER funding will continue over the next few years.”

The Argyll and the Islands LAG had identified strengthening of the local economy and enhancing the area for residents, visitors and investors as key and encouraged applications which will help develop a strong local economy.

Read more here.

Did you know?

The council’s Environmental Health Team can help businesses meet legal requirements to keep employees safe at work. Find out more here.


Views of Oban High School film rocket on social media –  a promotional video created for social media by Oban High School has proven extremely popular.

Tara wins road safety calendar competition - Tara Heritage-Crabb has been chosen as the winner of our road safety calendar competition this year.

Helensburgh and Lomond school bus contract awarded to local firm -  a 55-month school bus contract to provide services in Helensburgh and Lomond has been awarded.

Planning application for new social housing in Oban approved - a planning application for much needed new social housing in Oban has been approved by the council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.

Options for surplus Helensburgh CHORD funding approved - Helensburgh’s regenerated town centre will be enhanced after 12 further improvements - funded from the allocation of just over £650,000 surplus CHORD funds – were agreed.


Planning our future budget consultation 2016 – the council delivers a wide range of services that our communities use. The budget consultation is your chance to tell us what matters most to you.

Advertising and Signage Policy Consultation -  the council’s policy combines the key pieces of legislation and, within the limited scope for manoeuvre the law offers – establishes Argyll and Bute-specific guidance.

The 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.

Next edition

Our next news round-up will be issued on 23 December 2016.