Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 22nd June 2018

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Focus on: the stories of Argyll and Bute

The producer of a Hollywood film starring Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford and being shot in Argyll and Bute says he has fallen head over heels in love with the area and praised the warmth of local people.

Love You To Death is currently being filmed in various locations across Argyll, with Lochgilphead town centre, Inveraray and Cairndow among the areas featuring. The film’s 140 cast and crew have been accommodated at Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead, and producer Matthew T. Weiner is full of praise for the area and its people.

Mr Weiner said: “Our experience of filming in Argyll and Scotland as a whole has been phenomenal, we have never felt so welcomed and supported as Americans. Every view is a postcard! In particular I would like to thank Argyll and Bute Council, Creative Scotland Screen Commission and all the people in Argyll who welcomed us along the way.

“Filming in Lochgilphead has been one of our highlights. It’s a beautiful, historic lochside town which services film so well. I cannot thank the people of Lochgilphead enough for their hospitality. As a New Yorker, I will be going home without a question in my head that I will be returning to Scotland and Argyll.” Read more on our website.

Did you know?

Safer summer: Fire Scotland has put together some useful information about summer safety, the great outdoors and advice on how you can leave your home ‘fire safe’ if you plan to leave it for an extended period of time. There are a number of useful, downloadable community safety leaflets available on the Fire Scotland website.


Top marks for council website: Argyll and Bute Council’s website has been awarded four stars by SOCITM - the society for IT practitioners in the public sector.

Oban flood management study: People in Oban are being asked for their views and experiences of flooding in an open consultation session to be held next week.

Tribute to WW100 group: Members of Argyll and Bute Council will formally thank Islay’s WW100 committee for providing an inspirational and ambitious programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of SS Tuscania and the collision of HMS Otranto, which took place off the shores of Islay during the Great War.

Helensburgh Waterfront project takes step forward: The Helensburgh Waterfront Development project has taken a major step forward after councillors agreed to progress plans that will see a new leisure centre and swimming pool opened in 2021.

German exchange celebrated at Holyrood: Pupils from Dunoon Grammar School attended an International Reception at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, June 21, to mark the 30th anniversary of an exchange programme with a German school.

Rothesay girls have got what it takes: A group of eight S3 girls from Rothesay Academy showed they’ve for what it take to be fire fighters when they took part in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Reach Training Scheme.

Work with us

If you’re looking for a new job, why not consider the opportunities available with the council? Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live, work, and visit – and we’re looking for people to fill a range of posts.

There are positions vacant for an IT Officer (Voice and Data Communications) in Helensburgh; a Social Worker in Oban; an Admin Support Worker in  Ardrishaig; a Finance Manager in Lochgilphead; and others across a variety of locations, fields and experience levels. For the full list visit My Job Scotland.


Help bring investment to Argyll and Bute: The Council and our partners are working to secure UK and Scottish Government funding for the area – and we need your help. Please take just a couple of minutes to back a rural growth deal for Argyll and Bute.

Replacing windows in listed buildings and conservation areas: What in your view works for conservation and building improvements?

Speical constable recruitment: In the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division and more specifically in Argyll and Bute, Police Scotland are looking to improve the recruitment, retention and coverage of Special Constables and would like your views.

Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan: What impact does crime have on your area? What would reduce offending?

Proposed Simplified Planning Zones - Lochgilphead and Salen: This is about making it easier for people to build their own houses.

Flood risk management: SEPA is running a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 29 June 2018.