Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 24th March 2014

With apologies for the delay in getting this to you, please find below our latest news round up.   Here you will find information including links to news from the council, and a ‘Did you Know’ update.

If you have any suggestions for the kind of information you would like to read about, please do let us know.

Welcome from Leader of the Council, Councillor Dick Walsh

“Developing our economy and supporting our people are key priorities for the council. We’ve progressed both in the past week.

A83 progress

“The council took part in the A83 Taskforce Group meeting. This group brings together key organisations that have a contribution to make to improving the A83. It was a constructive meeting. I welcome the development work that is being done by the Scottish Government and Transport  Scotland. Given the critical importance of the road as a route in and out of Argyll and Bute, I will be writing to Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport, to reiterate that there is much work still to be done.

“I’ll raise key points including the need for Scottish Government funding for a media campaign promoting the message that Argyll and Bute is open for business regardless of landslips, the benefits of a review of signage on the A83, and the importance of looking into further landslide mitigation measures. The Taskforce Group will meet again in June and I will update you again on progress.

Support for parents

“At our council meeting we agreed measures that will help parents who rely on child care: the council will invest £1.345 million in supporting parents with young children. More free and more flexible early learning and childcare opportunities are going to be available to help parents get the care they’d like for their children. In addition, by developing these services for children, there is the potential for increasing employment opportunities in this sector.

“We will look more at the work we are doing to support our young, elderly and vulnerable people in future editions of this newsletter. Just now you may be interested to read an update from our Policy Lead for Adult Care, Councillor Dougie Philand.

“I finish today with congratulations to some exceptional people.

“Rhoda Harper, who works for our Children and Families Service, was voted Social Worker of the Year at this year’s national Social Work Awards.

“Not only that, but Shauna Wright, who works for our Adult Care Service was short listed for the award for the second year running.

“Tobermory High School won 1st prize for a quartet at the Scottish School Pipe Band Championship.

“We have a great many talented people in Argyll and Bute. Congratulations go to all involved in these achievements.”

Did you know?

Sunday 13 July 2014: The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Argyll and Bute!

Jobs with the Council: Modern Apprenticeship, Pupil Support Teacher, Clerical Assistant  - these are just some of the vacancies we have available.

News from the council

Hermitage Park Project Update: Grant of £169,700 will pay for the development of a whole park plan.

Argyll and Bute Council seizes £40,000 of illegal razor clams: The council’s environmental health team intercepted a vehicle transporting the consignment of razor clams at Oban Ferry Terminal on Thursday 27 February.

Open day for Campbeltown Hall: South Kintyre Development Trust are holding an Open Day for the Campbeltown Town Hall Project on Tuesday 1st April from 1pm until 7pm.

Helensburgh regeneration project moving forward: A busy couple of weeks in Helensburgh have seen the multi-million pound regeneration project move on at pace.

‘Under the skin’ film is released: A British American sci-fi thriller filmed in Argyll has gone on general release.

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 28 March. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact