Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 3 November 2017

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Big success on the small screen: The scenery and people of Argyll and Bute have been featured on TV as three-part series The Country Council has aired on BBC Scotland. It followed Council and partner agency staff as they carried out their daily duties, showing the dedication of people working in a variety of ways to support communities. Viewing figures have been high, drawing an average of 24 per cent of viewers, and it has been a great showcase for the area.


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Argyll Enterprise Week: It’s almost here! It starts on Monday 6 November and there are a host of free events and workshops that aim to inspire, inform and connect local businesses. There are still places available to book – secure your place here.




Lifting the lid on history: A 62-year-old time capsule discovered during the refurbishment of the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon has been opened by pupils from Kirn Primary. The unveiling of its contents, including bank notes, a miniature of Old Mull whisky and copies of local papers, was featured on this week’s episode of The Country Council.

Be alert to scams: trading standards are warning of people being contacted fraudulently about council tax refunds and HMRC prosecutions.

Help shape our future: Drop-in events are being held this month to give local residents the chance to find out more about our planning and development vision for the area.

Culture boost: The Council has been awarded £360,000 to strengthen and grow the culture sector in Argyll and Bute. It has come from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Argyll and the Islands LEADER programme.

Just champion: The Council has been shortlisted for two awards in Shelter Scotland’s Champions of the Year Awards, including for its part in renovating and converting the former Port Ellen police station on Islay into affordable housing for local people.

Thanks: Residents in Oban are being thanked for their patience while essential roadworks were carried out in the Soroba Road area. Work is now complete.

Sky’s the limit: Young people from Bute and Cowal have had the chance to work with members of the Sky television team at their studios in Livingston. As well as seeing around their studio in Livingston, they developed and shot their own news reels on the subject of cyberbullying.

New lead for Alliance: Gayle Gorman has been appointed Regional Improvement Lead for the Northern Alliance, a partnership between eight northern councils: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles.


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Local Development Plan (2): We are preparing our new Local Development Plan (LDP2), which will set out planning and development proposals for the next 10 years from 2020 and a vision for 20 years. You can have your say here.

Review of UK Parliamentary constituencies: The Boundary Commission of Scotland would welcome your views on the proposed new constituency areas which each MP will serve.

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 and let us know what you think.

Your View Counts: Police Scotland wants your opinions on policing which will help shape how it operates in future. Please take part in this five-minute survey.


The Council delivers a wide range of services for our communities. This means we employ a huge variety of professions, skills and experience. You can find out more here about opportunities to work with us.


This week we have a wide range of vacancies including welfare rights officer, school technician, social worker, Gaelic childcare and education worker, refuse collector, art and design teacher, village attendant, fleet, waste and infrastructure manager and teachers and classroom assistants.



Next edition


Our next news round-up will be issued on 10 November 2017.