Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 28th October 2016

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up, bringing you information on council news and services. 

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Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging young people in the area to stand as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) in the forthcoming elections.

The SYP is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Being part of it gives young people the opportunity to represent the views of other young people in their area and advocate for the issues that matter to them.

Two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are elected from every Parliamentary constituency in Scotland as well as two members from partnering national voluntary organisations.

The council is looking for two young people to represent Argyll and Bute and one to represent Helensburgh and Lomond.  Young people aged 14-25 who either live, work, or study in Scotland are eligible to stand for election.

There are elections to the SYP every two years and the next one takes place in March 2017. The call for candidates is open until 31st of October 2016. For more information see www.syp.org.uk/stand4syp.

You can also contact Roanna Clark at Argyll and Bute Council Youth Services - roanna.clark@argyll-bute.gov.uk or 01546 604752 or Anna Dickens at the Scottish Youth Parliament - anna.d@syp.org.uk or 0131 557 0452.

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News

Household information packs being prepared for Mid Argyll, Helensburgh and Lomond: A household information pack containing a calendar with both collection dates and advice on how to use different bins, a letter, and a frequently asked questions sheet will arrive through the doors of households in Helensburgh and Lomond by the end of this week.

Warning on shellfish toxins: Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health team, working with Food Standards Scotland, is issuing a warning on raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Striven.

Argyll Enterprise Week: Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway has teamed up with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to host the first Argyll Enterprise Week, in Oban, from 31 October to 4 November.New workshops have been added to the programme of events.

Consultations

Local development plan (2): Landowners and prospective developers are invited to put forward the sites for which they have an aspiration for development and potential inclusion in the Local Development Plan 2 for consideration by the planning authority

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.

Next edition

Our next news round-up will be issued on 4 November 2016.