Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 29 June 2018

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Focus on: road safety unit encourages kids to ‘get on your bike’

Pre-5 children across Argyll and Bute are being given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike thanks to Argyll and Bute Council’s Road Safety Team.

The council currently offers iCycle training to all primary six and seven pupils, but over the last few years officers have noticed a gradual increase in the number of young people who cannot ride a bike by this stage.

The team applied for funding from Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) to buy balance bikes and helmets for young people in early learning settings in the area, in order to introduce them to cycling at a young age.

The application was successful and bikes were given to the following Early Learning and Childcare providers: Lochnell, Port Charlotte, Port Ellen, Bowmore, Keills, Small Isles, Kilchattan, Kirn, Arrochar, Dunbeg, Inveraray, Garelochead, Tayvallich, Carradale, Rhu, Kilcreggan, Rothesay, Tiree, Colgrain, Dalmally, Inveraray, Park, Dalintober and Patchwork 2-5 Nursery. These schools were chosen due to their positive response to road safety education or iCycle training.

The Road Safety Team plans to apply for further funding next year.

You can read more on our website about this.


Did you know?

Eyes open over summer: Argyll and Bute Child Protection Committee is urging us all to look out for children at risk during the school summer holidays.


Work begins on £8 million of road improvements: Work will begin on more than £8million worth of roads improvements across Argyll and Bute in the coming weeks.


Council agrees funding for new community sports centre: Argyll and Bute Council today agreed a grant of up to £100,000 to deliver a home for the area’s only affiliated boxing club and a new venue for community groups.


Third round of community council elections to take place: Three communities in Argyll could still have their own community council, with the decision today to hold a third round of by-elections.


Council funding boost for local food manufacturing sector: Argyll and Bute Council has agreed an investment of £100,000 to support the national and international growth of the area’s food sector.


Rothesay pupils innovative art project: Pupils from Rothesay Academy travelled to Ayrshire last week to take part in an innovative art project aimed at addressing a skills gap in the textile industry.


Sandbank Gaelic Unit a popular choice: Sandbank Primary School’s new early level Gaelic class is proving a popular choice, with all 24 of its registered spaces already taken.


Sculpture approved for Helensburgh Outdoor Museum: A bronze sculpture of a classic Gareloch One Design yacht will soon take pride of place at Helensburgh’s Outdoor Museum after councillors approved funding for the artwork.


Dunoon Teacher wins ‘UK Educator of the Year’ accolade: A teacher from Dunoon Grammar School was awarded the title of Apps for Good’s ‘UK Educator of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in London last week.


Focus groups need your views: Members of the public are invited to attend one of four focus groups set up to gather feedback on the Supporting Communities Fund voting pilot project that took place in April 2018.


Work with us

If you’re looking for a new job, why not consider the opportunities available with the council? Argyll and Bute is a wonderful place to live, work, and visit – and we’re looking for people to fill a range of posts.

There are positions vacant for a graduate engineer, teachers, janitor, social worker, business improvement manager, seasonal beach cleaner and others across a variety of locations, fields and experience levels. For the full list visit My Job Scotland.



Review of advice services: We would appreciate knowing what you want from local advice services, which we are reviewing. It takes just a few minutes to give us your views.


Help bring investment to Argyll and Bute: The Council and our partners are working to secure UK and Scottish Government funding for the area – and we need your help. Please take just a couple of minutes to back a rural growth deal for Argyll and Bute.


Replacing windows in listed buildings and conservation areas: What in your view works for conservation and building improvements?


Special constable recruitment: In the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division and more specifically in Argyll and Bute, Police Scotland are looking to improve the recruitment, retention and coverage of Special Constables and would like your views.


Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan: What impact does crime have on your area? What would reduce offending?


Flood risk management: SEPA is running a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland.


Next edition


We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 29 June 2018.