Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 1st December 2017

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Focus on: Bute baby boom

Syrian families on Bute now regard the island as their home and are growing and thriving since their arrival just two years ago. The families have been welcomed with open arms by the people of Bute and how they have integrated well into the local community.

A total of 24 Syrian families have been resettled since 2015. Four babies have been born since they arrived – strengthening their links with Bute even further and providing a welcome boost to the local population. More babies are due in the next few months

Read more about it here.

Did you know?

Police Scotland has launched it’s Festive Safety campaign with advice on staying safe while shopping, partying, at home or on the roads. Read more about the campaign here.


New procurement strategy and policy approved by Argyll and Bute Council - an updated procurement strategy and policy, which ensure best value and make it easier for smaller organisations to bid to work with the council and support the services communities have said matter most to them, have been approved.

£10.6 million contract to restore iconic Rothesay Pavilion awarded - a multi-million pound restoration of the iconic Rothesay Pavilion is moving forward with the £10.6 million contract for the works being awarded to the main contractor CBC.

Steve competes in Big School Bake Off final – Steven Reed, a catering manager from Carradale Primary School, battled it out in the final of a prestigious, national baking competition.

Oban pupil selected as member of Scottish Education Council – Rowan Watkins, aged 17, a pupil from Oban High School has been selected as a member of Scotland’s first ever Scottish Education Council. She is one of only five young people representatives chosen to stand on the Council to oversee work to help improve education services across the country.

Last chance to have your say on vision for Argyll and Bute – we’re consulting on a new Local development Plan, which will set out our planning and development proposals for the 10 years from 2020 and a vision for the next 20 years. The deadline to give us your views that could help shape the future of Argyll and Bute is 11 December 2017.


Planning our Services – budget consultation: we’re looking for your ideas on how we can change how we work and deliver our services to meet funding challenges.

Review of UK Parliamentary constituencies: The Boundary Commission of Scotland would welcome your views on the proposed new constituency areas which each MP will serve.

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.

Next edition 

Our next news round-up will be issued on Friday, 8 December 2017.