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Cash boost: A total of 21 community groups have received grants from the Council for environmental improvements, including tree planting and beach clean-ups. More than £35,000 will be paid out over the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who submitted an application.
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Holiday arrangements: Our offices will be closed on Monday 25 September for the public holiday. Services will be available 24/7 on our website if you need to make a payment or report an issue. Emergency contacts here:
Party time: We’re extending trading hours for pubs and hotels over the festive season. We’re also reminding businesses to get their applications to extend their hours in before the 35-day deadline, and that the same deadline applies all year round for one-off events in premises that aren’t licensed, such as village halls.
Building strong communities: We’ve achieved a lot over the past 12 months to improve the lives of local residents, including building more than 150 affordable new homes and helping people claim record numbers of benefits.
Great place to learn: We’ve helped thousands of adults – more than 4,000 – access face-to-face learning, literacy help, and support to find a job over the past year.
Improvements to bridge: Work has started to strengthen and widen a bridge in Cowal, increasing its capacity from three tonnes to 40. It’s part of a wider strengthening programme across Argyll and Bute.
Boxing clever: Do you have an old phone box in your area that isn’t getting used? You can apply to ‘adopt’ it for £1 for alternative community use. You can also apply to have it removed.
On track: The Helensburgh Waterfront Development is moving forward with the appointment of specialist support to work with the Council’s in-house team on the ambitious project.
Islands plan: The Argyll Islands Strategic Group is backing the creation of a National Islands Plan to help islands communities overcome the challenges they face and boost their local economies. The group has submitted its views to the Scottish Government.
Alert: Naturally-occurring algal toxins have been found in two shellfish areas, Loch Melfort and Seil Sound. Environmental Health carry out regular monitoring to ensure the quality of Argyll and Bute shellfish stays high.
Remembering our WW1 role: Events are planned for Dunoon next month to commemorate the mobilisation of troops from Cowal during the First World War.
Improvements on way: Work starts next month on vital works on Oban’s Soroba Road. It is being done during the school holidays to minimise disruption. It includes patching, drainage repairs and kerb replacement. We’ve details of what’s involved and how people will benefit.
Primary pupils have app-itude for technology: Dunoon Primary children have designed an app that links to our Education Service’s new Vision and Strategy, ‘Our children Their Future’. Three of the school’s digital leaders, Barry Campbell, Cameron MacRaild and Laurie Thorup presented the school’s work to an impressed group of elected members and senior officers at the Council’s Community Service’s Committee.
First-class successes: A string of achievements by pupils, teachers, parents and our Education Service over the past year have been outlined. It includes placing 20 new probationer teachers in primary and secondary schools and the launch of the new Education Vision and Strategy, ‘Our Children Their Future’.
Full STEM ahead: A group of primary five, six and seven pupils from across Oban and Lorn got a sneak peek insde the new Oban High School after winning a competition at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) showcase.
Surplus council properties sold - the council has recently sold three surplus properties in the Helensburgh and Lomond area and work to dispose of a number of others is ongoing. The former school house, known locally as the Rainbow Centre in Kilcreggan, a commercial unit in Rosneath and the former Scotcourt House offices in James Street have recently been sold and the new owners have plans to bring them back into use.
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Early years learning improvements: The number of hours of early learning and childcare available to families is due to increase from 600 to 1140 a year by August 2020. We’d like to know your thoughts on how this should be provided. Take our survey and let us know what’s best for you.
Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: We want to make sure we get best value for local residents. We are putting a strategy in place to achieve this through our procurement processes. Pease read our plans and give us your views.
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.
Community councils: We are proposing some changes to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. This sets out our mutual agreement with our 56 community councils to help them represent their communities as widely as possible.
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 that we employ a huge variety of professions, skills and experience. You can find out more here about opportunities to work with us.
Positions currently available include street sweeper, apprentice mechanic and trainee events manager, and roles in teaching, social work and administration.
Our next news round-up will be issued on 29 September 2017.