Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 1st February 2019

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

Scientific treat for Colgrain pupils

Primary six pupils at Colgrain Primary got the opportunity to find out what it takes to be a real scientist when they received a special video message from Dr Suzanne Maclachlan from the Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Dr Maclachlan, a former pupil at Hermitage Academy, studies micro-fossils from the seabed and sent pupils an interesting and informative video message about her role, along with some real fossils for the children to look at through a microscope. #abplace2b

Did you know?

According to the 2019 Royal Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey, Argyll and Bute is in the top five best places in Scotland to live.


Thank you: Thank you to all the members of the public, Council staff and school pupils from across Argyll and Bute who did their bit for local communities at Christmas, by collecting food bank donations throughout the whole of December.

Having a home carer changed Bill’s life: Bill was only 52 when he suffered a stroke and started receiving home care.

Supporting Communities Fund: Time is running out for community groups and organisations who want to apply for funding from the Supporting Community Fund 2019/20. Applications close on Wednesday, February 6. This is a small grant fund which aims to support community groups and activities benefiting people in Argyll and Bute.

Traditional skills training for windows and doors: A Traditional Windows and Doors Training Course is being held in Campbeltown on Wednesday, February 27, from 9am to 4.30pm. Entry to the course is free, but places must be booked in advance. The course will consist of a combination of discussions and practical demonstrations with some hands-on opportunities.


Houses in multiple occupation: A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share facilities such as the bathroom or kitchen. We would like to hear your views on what issues will be considered when assessing applications for HMO licences and planning permission

Work with us

Gosh, it’s been a cold week. But there’s something nice about wrapping up warm and getting out in the crisp clean air – especially if you’re next to the sea. With 3000km of coastline, you’re never far from water in Argyll and Bute. If that floats your boat, it might be the ideal place for you. We need people with skills in admin, catering, gardening, social work, teaching, and building services. Find out about these, and other roles, at MyJob Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 8 February 2019.