Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 22nd December 2017

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All our offices will be closed over the festive season at 5pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018.

Arrangements and emergency contact numbers are available on our website.

Did you know?

Port Ellen Primary gains Digital Awards status – the school on Islay has become the first school in Argyll and Bute to gain Digital School Award status.

The Digital Schools Awards are recognised by Education Scotland and are designed to promote, encourage and reward schools that make the best use of digital technology in the classroom.

Read more here.


Gourock to Dunoon ferry service tender restarting - the council welcomed the announcement by Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister that the procurement process for the next Gourock to Dunoon ferry services is to be restarted after a pause.

Rockfield Primary used as leading example for Gaelic education – the school in Oban has been invited to create a Gaelic film for Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub, as a leading example to others.

Pupils take part in 90kg challenge to help young people in Africa - the 90kg Challenge sees children selling bags of fairly traded Kilombero rice in order to raise enough money to help young people in Malawi to get an education.

Clachan primary bakes up festive spirit in the community - pupils have been hard at work over the last few months, preparing more than 40 Christmas cakes to give to retired residents in the local community.

Area Committee supports Tobermory Christmas lights - Tobermory’s Christmas festivities were boosted by over £1,500 of funding from the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee.

Kilbridemore Bridge re-opens after strengthening work - the structure at Glendaruel in Cowal has also been widened to allow larger vehicles to use it.

Guess how many –   if you're planning your Christmas dinner, take a guess at how many pigs in blankets school catering staff in Argyll and Bute have to prepare to feed Christmas lunch to our hungry pupils?


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 the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils 2017 - following an initial eight week public consultation period on the proposed amendments to the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, we are now having a six week period where you are invited to give us your comments on the amended scheme.

Conservation Area Appraisals - Easdale and Ellenabeich – the council has undertaken a full review of the Easdale and Ellenabeich Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans. We are looking for your views about the identified characteristics and sensitivities of the conservation areas and how development within the area can be managed.

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.

This week we have a wide range of vacancies including: Head Teacher, Unit Manager, Social Worker, Catering Manager, Clerical Assistant, Senior IT Engineer and Research and Engagement Officer.

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Next edition 

Our next news round-up will be issued on Friday, 5 January 2018.