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Focus on: Provost’s seasonal message
“This year’s festive season is well under way. All across Argyll and Bute, preparations have been in hand for celebrations, for festivities and for spending time together with loved ones after a very busy few weeks of activity. Despite all that busyness, it is a time which can bring much joy and happiness, and I hope also that for everyone it brings even just a little welcome peace and quiet after a challenging year.
“There are those for whom the festive season is less joyful, though, for many different and often difficult reasons; and, as always, my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time especially, in the hope that they too will find some comfort and peace.
“Inevitably over the festive season, as each year draws to a close, amid busy times we may take a moment to reflect on the months just passed. 2016 has been a year of much change and many challenges; but as we reflect on that, we can also take comfort on the fact that the New Year ahead offers us fresh hope, a new start and an opportunity to make changes for the better wherever and however we can.
“At this special time I wish everyone across Argyll and Bute the best possible Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.”
Councillor Len Scoullar
Provost of Argyll and Bute Council
Did you know?
All our offices - including Customer Service Points, libraries, museums and archives - will close for the festive season at 5pm on Friday, 23th December 2016 and reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 4th January 2017.
Emergency service numbers are available at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/emergency-contact-numbers.
You can also find information about being prepared for the winter weather here.
Register your child for school – children who turn five years old between 1st March this year and 28th February 2018 should be registered for school the week commencing Monday 16th January 2017.
New pelican crossing in Rosneath - Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee agreed to a proposal to install a pelican crossing in Rosneath.
Spare a thought for the dinner ladies - Christmas can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to preparing Christmas lunch. But spare a thought for Argyll and Bute Council’s schools catering staff, who will serve up around 120 turkeys over the festive period.
Council improves funding schemes - A number of improvements are being made to the way the council distributes grant funding to community groups.
Almost £80,000 recovered by council's Corporate Fraud Investigation Team – the council’s Corporate Fraud Investigation Team (CFIT) recovered almost £80,000 in its first year and will continue its anti-fraud activities on a permanent basis.
Riverside centre improvements continue - fitness classes in Dunoon will continue to be held at Edward Street Community Centre in the New Year whilst the Riverside Centre is refurbished.
Round the world with Charles – one of our employees found world-wide fame when his photograph appeared in media across the globe as part of the administration of the EU Referendum.
Rothesay pupils lead the way in closing textile skills gap - pupils from Rothesay Academy travelled to Cumnock to take part in an innovative and exciting art project aimed at addressing a skills gap in the textile industry - initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay.
Special Hermitage Park Tree Walk organised by council and Friends of Hermitage Park - as part of the start to the £3.3 million regeneration and conservation project a Tree Walk has been organised to update local people on the work about to commence and explain why some of Hermitage Park’s trees have to be removed.
New refuse and recycling collection service update – the new refuse and recycling collection service has led to an increase in recycling.
Planning our future budget consultation 2016 – the council delivers a wide range of services that our communities use. The budget consultation is your chance to tell us what matters most to you.
Registration Service Customer Consultation – if you have you recently contacted your local Registrar, please complete our consultation survey and tell us how we did.
Advertising and Signage Policy Consultation - the council’s policy combines the key pieces of legislation and, within the limited scope for manoeuvre the law offers – establishes Argyll and Bute-specific guidance.
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.
Our next news round-up will be issued on 6 January 2017.