Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 17 November 2017


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


Thank you for reading it. If you have ideas on how we could make it more useful for you, we’d love to hear them. Please let us know by emailing  


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Challenge, choice and change - council service planning consultation begins.


People across Argyll and Bute are being asked for their views on planning council services in advance of further cuts to the grant received by the council predicted over the next three years.


You can read more here.


The consultation gives examples of how responses to previous exercises have already helped change the work of the council, and includes questions on service priorities and potential savings options. It is available on-line  and runs until 2 January 2018.


Please do take a few minutes to let us know what you think. Your views would be welcome. Thank you.



Did you know?

If you’re looking for quality and unique Christmas cards and gifts at great prices, the council’s Kilmory Print Room can help.


Get in touch via email to discuss what services they can provide.



Countdown on to Christmas as lights go up - festive lights to make Christmas sparkle are going up across Argyll and Bute. More than 20 towns and villages will have festive displays. The switch-on dates have now been set and the first lights will herald the Christmas countdown from later this month.

Free parking for festive events - visitors to Christmas events in Oban, Helensburgh and Dunoon will be able to park free of charge in the towns’ pay-and-display car parks. The council is waiving charges as part of its commitment to supporting the local economy.

Helensburgh civic furniture for sale – you can now own a unique piece of Helensburgh civic history. Surplus furniture from the former Marriage Room and Municipal Buildings in Sinclair Street is available to buy.

Council backs clampdown on cigarette sales – Trading Standards is supporting, #notafavour, a new national campaign aimed at challenging adults who buy or give cigarettes to children and young people.

Guidance for owners of traditional buildings – owners of tenement and traditional properties can take part in a free event to help with maintenance. The Look Up! event takes place in Dunoon on Friday, 24 November 2017. It is organised by Dunoon Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and is part of National Maintenance Week.