Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 25 January 2019

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Proud to care – read Jade’s story

Argyll and Bute Council’s Planning Protective Services and Licensing (PPSL) Committee today approved plans for the £18million Helensburgh Waterfront Development.

Councillors gave the green light to the plans which will see a new leisure centre and swimming pool opened in the town, replacing the existing facility which will be demolished.

It follows a comprehensive pre-planning public consultation process, which saw more than 1300 responses gathered, requiring officers and councillors to have more time to examine and consider all of the views put forward.

The central feature of the project will be a new leisure facility and swimming pool, with associated parking and coach drop-off, as well as public realm works to meet the needs of the local community and attract day visitors to the town.

Another key aspect of the project will be the improvement of the waterfront flood defences. The proposal also safeguards space for a potential future development of retail units, possible play park and skate park facilities, together with improved landscaping at the waterfront.

Read more on our website.

Did you know?

This week (21-27 January) is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week? You can help spread the message that cervical cancer can be prevented. You can find out how at Jo’s cervical cancer trust website.



Win free Council Tax for a year: People in Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to win a year’s free Council Tax if they sign up to the council’s new e-billing service. Everyone who joins the online portal and signs up for e-billing before Sunday 24 March will be entered into a prize draw to win 12 month’s free Council Tax.

Book your place for the second Gaelic Gathering: Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging people to book their places for the second Gaelic Gathering, which takes place at Oban Corran Halls on Saturday, March 2. The free event brings people together to celebrate our rich Gaelic history and consider how we continue to strengthen and grow the language in Argyll and Bute.

Views sought on Oban Flood Study: People in Oban are being invited to have their say on their experiences and issues on flooding in the town.

So much choice when getting married: Did you know that over 600 marriages are conducted by Argyll and Bute Council’s registrars each year? That’s almost two weddings every day and there are a range of different ceremonies and locations to inspire you.

Plan ahead for flooding this winter: Flooding is one of the risks from melting snow and heavy rain. SEPA is Scotland’s strategic flood risk authority and provides information on how you can manage your own flood risk and protect yourself, your family, property and business. Be prepared by knowing what to do and who to contact if flooding happens, by visiting the Floodline website. Making use of the information there can help you reduce the damage and disruption flooding can have on your life.


Houses in multiple occupation: A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 (unrelated) people who share facilities such as the bathroom or kitchen. We would like to hear your views on what issues will be considered when assessing applications for HMO licences and planning permission

Work with us

Argyll and Bute is picture perfect all year round. It’s also a fantastic place to live and work. We need receptionists, accountants, teachers, admin workers and catering staff. If you want to live in a place of beauty – look no further, look at MyJob Scotland.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 1 February 2019.