Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 24 January 2014

We are keen to keep you up-to-date with information on the work of the council. Here you will find information including links to news from the council, a ‘Did you Know’ update and other news.

Welcome from Leader of the Council, Councillor Dick Walsh

“This has been a week of great progress.

Giving children and young people the best start in life is a key priority for Argyll and Bute Council. A number of the decisions we made at our full council meeting yesterday supports that.

Firstly, we were delighted to receive, on behalf of our primary school meals staff, a prestigious national award. The council’s school catering service has been awarded the Soil Association’s Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark. This recognises that primary school children in Argyll and Bute are being served fresh, healthy meals; it also recognises our commitment to supporting local producers.

Our wholehearted congratulations go to our meals staff and everyone involved in this success and who are making an important contribution to the wellbeing of our young people.

We confirmed our on-going commitment to ‘Opportunities for All’ and other measures that help our young people secure rewarding opportunities after school: Argyll and Bute Council is now ranked 13th out of 32 local authorities for the number of school leavers (92.5%) moving on to further education, training or employment.

Following public consultation, we agreed the preferred site for the new Oban High School - between Tweed Mill and Dalintart and Glencruitten.  We received a lot of feedback from primary and secondary pupils which was very welcome. Thank you to everyone who gave us their views.

Did you know that Argyll and Bute boasts the highest number of inhabited islands in any Scottish council area? At the full council meeting yesterday we agreed the way forward in supporting the interests of our island communities.

We also agreed a new committee structure and improvement action plan. This strengthens the council’s political management structure and puts in place an action plan that will support on-going improvement. Councillors and officers of Argyll and Bute Council are committed to doing all that we as a council can do to support our communities. We will deliver change where it is needed and we will seek always to develop and improve in the work that we do for you.

Every day we are working to provide services that work for our communities. This news round up will give you an insight into the range of issues and challenges we are progressing.

Our focus is steadfastly on serving our communities and securing a prosperous future for Argyll and Bute.”

Information on the full agenda of yesterday’s council meeting is available here.

Provost Len Scoullar receives the Soil Association’s Award on behalf of our primary school meals staff

Provost Len Scoullar receives the Soil Association’s Award on behalf of our primary school meals staff.

Did you know?

Argyll and Bute facts and figures

  • We are the second biggest council area in Scotland
  • We have  25 inhabited islands- Bute; Coll; Colonsay; Danna; Davaar; Easdale; Erraid; Gigha; Gometra; Inchtavannach; Innischonan; Iona; Islay; Jura; Kerrera; Lismore; Luing; Lunga (Luing); Mull; Oronsay; Sanda; Seil; Shuna (Luing); Tiree; Ulva.
  • 79.7% of Argyll and Bute’s population live within 1km of the coast
  • The council is responsible for 1,455 miles of roads

Information for families: our Family Information Service can provide information on anything from activities for children to help available with childcare costs.

Support for businesses: our Business Gateway Service provides free, impartial advice to anyone wanting to start up or develop a business in Argyll and Bute.

Bin collections: If you’d like to check when bin collections happen in your area, you can do that on-line.

News from the council

Here are links to recent press releases:

Argyll and Bute Education Stars Sought for National Awards

The search is underway for Argyll and Bute’s brightest education stars as nominations open for the Scottish Education Awards 2014

Argyll and Bute Council formally opens Gaelic language centre

The Council’s Gaelic language centre Furan – which means ‘a very warm welcome’- was opened on Friday 17 January.

Council’s warning about children’s hats

Argyll and Bute Council’s trading standards officers have issued a warning to parents of young children about cartoon character bobble hats which have raised safety fears.

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 31 January. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk