Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 16th November 2018

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Focus on: Council welcomes Scot Gov commitment to A83 solution

Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to identify a permanent solution that will bring an end to disruption on the A83 Rest and Be Thankful, in addition to the current mitigation measures.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, made the commitment at the A83 Taskforce meeting in Inveraray yesterday (November 15).

Speaking after the meeting, which was also attended by private sector and community representatives, Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Aileen Morton, said the frequent closures of the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful need to be substantially addressed as a matter of urgency.

Councillor Morton said: “Argyll and Bute is a stunningly beautiful place that attracts tourists from all over the world and the council is working hard to bring in new investment, businesses and residents to the area. Argyll needs safe, reliable roads to ensure routes to market for our businesses and to provide local people with access to essential services, such as hospitals in the central belt.

“This is a vital trunk road that provides access to most of Argyll and that’s why it’s so important that Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government identify and fund the right solution. While the mitigation measures at the Rest and Be Thankful are having an effect, and we are grateful to the BEAR Scotland team who are working in all weathers in very difficult conditions, the events in early October made it clear that a permanent solution also requires to be progressed.”

Depute Leader of the Council, Councillor Gary Mulvaney, added: “This route is hugely significant for Argyll. Considering Argyll’s contribution to the national economy through products such as timber, seafood and whisky, this route is also hugely significant for Scotland. The public reaction to these repeated closures is clearly saying that enough is enough. This has been an issue for far too long and now is the time to take definitive action that works for Argyll and for Scotland.” Read more on the Council website.

Did you know?

Netflix hit Outlaw King is available to stream now, but did you know it was filmed entirely in Scotland – including right here in Argyll and Bute?

Argyll took a trip back in time to 1320 to help retell the story of Robert the Bruce in the film. Outlaw King used various locations, including Loch Lomond, and it is the biggest ever feature film to be filmed entirely in Scotland. We’re very proud to be part of it!

News

Fair funding for your council: The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed a campaign by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), for fair funding for local government.

Giving a child a helping hand: Argyll and Bute Council is now into week four of its fostering campaign. Fund out what support is available if you decide to foster and hear what it’s like working to support foster carers and young people from the Council's Practice Lead for Fostering, Lorraine Prentice.

Argyll and Bute Schools continue to make the grade in delivery of sport: Schools across Argyll and Bute have been awarded a prestigious national award from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, for this academic year.

Catering and cleaning jobs fair to be held in Helensburgh: Argyll and Bute Council is holding a recruitment fair in Helensburgh next week to showcase the variety of cleaning and catering jobs that are currently available in the area.

Work with us

Are you looking for a change? Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live and work. Why not see if any of our job opportunities could be your ideal next career move, and perhaps even be your gateway to living in one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas.

We have vacancies for Roadworkers; various teaching posts; Assistant Active Schools Coordinators; Senior IT Engineers; Janitors; Admin Assistants; and more, all in various locations. You can find out more at MyJobScotland.

Consultations

Budget Consultation 2018: We would like to hear from you about your priorities for the year ahead as we identify how best to use our reduced funding allocation to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, and the services that are most vital now.

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 23 November 2018.