Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 21 October 2016

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Focus on: funding secured for path in Rosneath

People in Rosneath can look forward to a new path linking the B833 with Castle Park after Argyll and Bute Council was successful in securing £15,000 match funding from Sustrans Scotland.

Work is about to begin on the development phase of the project. With a survey completed, detailed designs and costs in place the council can then look to secure further external funding to build the path.

Councillor Robert G MacIntyre, the council’s Depute Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, welcomed the news, saying:

“We’re delighted to have secured the funding to do the necessary background work. It’s a two stage process – we need all of our designs and costs in place before we can go for the funding to build the path.

“We’ve done a lot of work in the background to get the project to this stage. It’s great to see it taking shape. The path is much needed – it will provide a safe walking and cycling route for visitors at the caravan park to get into the village to access local amenities, as well as giving easy access from Rosneath to the marine businesses and sailing school.

“This is really good news. The council is committed to improving the footway networks throughout the area, keeping people connected and providing the opportunity to live active, healthier lives.”

Did you know?

Keeping safe on country roads: Around 52% of road deaths in Scotland happen on country roads, and loss of control is the most common cause. Last year alone 649 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads. Over two thirds of them were male.

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) have launched a new campaign to urge drivers to take extra care on country roads. This campaign aims to show that you never know what’s round the corner when travelling on a country road.

News

Argyll and Bute Council confirms sale of Castle Toward: Castle Toward near Dunoon is set for a multi-million pound development with its sale confirmed by Argyll and Bute Council to local business woman Denice Purdie and her husband Keith Punler.

Classroom assistant, home carer, school crossing patroller, primary teacher, social worker, clerical assistant – these opportunities area all available just now and advertised on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

Join our Citizens Panel and you can receive surveys by email asking for your views on different aspects of the work of the Council.

Argyll Enterprise Week: Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway has teamed up with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to host the first Argyll Enterprise Week, in Oban, from 31 October to 4 November.

Consultations

Local development plan (2): Landowners and prospective developers are invited to put forward the sites for which they have an aspiration for development and potential inclusion in the Local Development Plan 2 for consideration by the planning authority

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 www.cldplanning.com and let us know what you think.

Next edition

Our next news round-up will be issued on 28 October 2016.