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A Christmas message from Provost Len Scoullar
It’s always lovely to feel and see things changing as Christmas gets closer – even if some might say the whole festive season gets started a little too early these days.
Of course it is inescapable once television and radio adverts switch to their Christmas focus, and shops roll out their festive decorations. It’s a lovely time of year though, and we are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world where even the winter weather doesn’t take away from the scenery and feeling of community.
Argyll and Bute looks festive and colourful, and a lot of credit must go to the community groups who take such great pride in putting on festive events and leading the charge when it comes to Christmas lights and decorations in their towns. It all helps to add to the feeling that Christmas is a joyous time that should be filled with family, friends, fun and festivities.
Christmas means a lot of different things to different people, and I hope that whatever is most important to you this festive season plays a big part in your celebrations.
And once Christmas has come and gone, the New Year allows us all the chance to look forward to the next 12 months.
I would encourage everyone to take a moment to think about those in our communities who may not find this time of year as much fun as others, for whatever reason.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
Councillor Len Scoullar
Provost of Argyll and Bute
Did you know?
Christmas and New Year arrangements: Our offices may be closed, but the council’s work still goes on. You can still get in touch with us by phone and via the website. You can also find out about bin collection changes over the festive season.
Putting the magic back into Christmas: Find out how fostering can bring magic back to Christmas.
Supporting events leading to economic success: The council’s policy and resources committee has agreed that 12 events and festivals will share £113,000 funding to help create attractions that will increase the appeal of Argyll and Bute as a world-class tourist destination.
Rothesay Townscape Heritage update: An ongoing regeneration project in Rothesay is progressing well.
Update on Helensburgh pier: Discussions between the council, Helensburgh Seafront Development Project (HSDP) Group and Waverley Excursions will help plan for the future use of Helensburgh Pier.
Council faces £9 million funding gap: A reduction in the council’s annual grant announced by the Scottish Government this week has left Argyll and Bute Council facing a £9million budget gap for the next financial year.
Make sure slime is safe to use: Slime’ and similar products are expected to be among the most popular children’s gifts this Christmas. If you have bought slime, or are planning to do so, please be aware that products that do not carry the ‘CE Mark’ are far more likely to be unsafe.
Work with us
It’s our last jobs round up of the year and while your thoughts might momentarily be turning to more festive things, please remember that we have recruitment openings in the New Year. So if you are a teacher, social care worker, clerical worker, mechanic, or childcare practitioner looking for new challenges, you can find out more at MyJobScotland. Best wishes for the festive season.
Craignure Pier – Learn more about the work to explore the future of Craignure Pier and give your thoughts on the findings.
We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 4 January 2019.
All our offices will close for the festive season at 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018, (with the exception of Customer Service Points which will close at their usual time) and reopen at 9am on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
For emergency contact numbers, and to find out service arrangements, visit: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/christmas-and-new-year-arrangements