Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 30th November 2018

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Argyll and Bute remembers

A booklet is to be published by Argyll and Bute Council which captures the wide range of events that were held in the area to commemorate the centenary of World War One, and acknowledges the commitment and dedication shown by local communities to mark the anniversary.

At a meeting of today’s full council, members paid tribute to everyone who helped to deliver a series of commemorative events across Argyll and Bute, to ensure that the centenary was marked in a respectful and dignified manner.

Over the last four years, the council and the WW1 Commemorative Steering Group have worked hard to actively engage with people of all ages, and have supported various communities, groups and individuals to deliver an ambitious programme of commemorative events.

The WW100 Steering Group ensured that there were major events each year of the commemoration period 2014-18, and that these were spread across the Council area. The first major event was a parade and drum head service in Oban in 2014. This was followed by a Beating the Retreat service in Campbeltown in 2015; a Battle of Jutland commemoration in Helensburgh in 2016; A Call to Arms week-long exhibition by Live Argyll in Dunoon in 2017; and the commemoration of the SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto on Islay in 2018.

The Islay event was also one of the main national commemorative events and involved partnership working with people from across the globe, as well as attendance by HRH the Princess Royal.

A large number of additional events and exhibitions were also organised by local groups and organisations, and Argyll and Bute’s school pupils were actively involved in their own individual projects.

Did you know?

The second Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative (TH2) will see more than £2million invested in Bute?


Council updates its housing plan: More than 800 affordable new homes are in the pipeline for construction over the next three years as part of the council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP).

These homes are in addition to the 91 expected to be completed in 2018/19 and 75 completed in 2017/18.

Audit Scotland recognises effective financial management: Financial management within Argyll and Bute Council is effective with a budget process focused on the council’s priorities.

That was one of the findings of the 2017/18 Annual Audit Report undertaken by Audit Scotland which went before the full council on Thursday 29 November. 

Empty homes officer scoops prize:  An Argyll and Bute Council worker has scooped a prestigious award for her work to combat the problem of empty homes.

Empty Homes Officer Kelly Ferns has been named Outstanding Individual at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards for her commitment and dedication to empty homes work. Her collaborative approach and passion as well as consistent results were recognised by the panel.

Democracy matters comes to Oban: Join us in Oban for the latest in our programme of events across the country.

Since May this year the organisations behind the Local Governance Review have been encouraging community groups to hold Democracy Matters conversations across the country. The ideas generated through these conversations are being gathered and will ensure that the outcomes of the review focus on what local people have identified.

Work with us

The nights may be drawing in, but in Argyll and Bute that means we get to see the stars in all their beauty thanks to our clear, dark skies. It’s just one of the many things that make this such a fantastic place to live and work. Does it sound appealing? We need amenity workers, teachers, admin workers, teaching assistants and much more.

You can find out more at MyJobScotland.


Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you go to vote in elections? Please let us know.

Equalities outcomes consultation: Tell us what you think about the equalities outcomes we are proposing to make things fairer and get rid of discrimination and harassment.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 7 December 2018.