Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 31 January 2014

We are keen to keep you up-to-date with information on the work of the council. Here you will find information including links to news from the council, a ‘Did you Know’update and other news.

Welcome from Leader of the Council, Councillor Dick Walsh

“Fantastic news this week - we have secured £18.9 million investment in the local economy that is set to establish Argyll and Bute as a key destination for renewable energy, aquaculture and marine tourism industries.

“The Scottish Government has approved our ambitious funding bid for the Lorn Arc project in the Oban area. The project has the potential to create over 1,000 jobs and bring huge private sector investment to the area.

Developing our local economy is a key priority for the council and our partners. This achievement marks another important step forward in delivering on that.

Councillor Ellen Morton, Depute Leader of the Council and Policy Lead for Infrastructure will tell you more about the project.  Councils achieve most where councillors and officers combine their efforts and skills to drive forward progress. Our Policy Lead roles are an effective way of bringing councillors and officers together to focus on specific areas of work.

On another positive note, I would like to congratulate our Rockfield Primary School pupils who embarked on a cattle drove this week!  This innovative approach to learning is a fine example of the hard work going on in schools across Argyll and Bute to deliver quality education services.”

Depute Leader and Policy Lead for Infrastructure, Councillor Ellen Morton said:

“Argyll and Bute Council was one of only three out of 15 to succeed in securing TIF (Tax Incremental Finance) funding. This significant investment is a real vote of confidence in our local economy.

Along with our £30 million regeneration projects on-going across the area (through CHORD), this success sends out a clear message that Argyll and Bute has an ambitious, developing economy with opportunities for business investment.

It took hard work to reach this stage in the TIF process. Our focus now is on continuing this work to bring our TIF projects to fruition.”

Some TIF facts

  • The TIF scheme is a way of funding local council’s investment in vital infrastructure which will lead to the economic regeneration of an area. The TIF loan will be repaid over the next 25 years through the extra income (such as non-domestic rates) gained from attracting new businesses to the Lorn Arc area.
  • TheLorn Arccovers the areas of Oban, Dunstaffnage, Dunbeg, North Connel and Barcaldine

More information on the TIF projects

Did you know?

Developing skills: If you or anyone you know needs help with learning new skills, our Adult Learning Team may be able to help.

Your Family Tree:  Our Local Studies and Archives services can help you to research your family history, find out about the local history of the area or find out about the history of your house.

Keeping children safe: If you are worried about a child or young person, you can do something to help.

News from the council

Here are links to recent press releases:

Youth Bank Grant Scheme for young people

Argyll and Bute Council is involving young people in their communities by giving them a say over the way that money designed to benefit them is spent.

Argyll and Bute – a good place to work, live and play, what do you think?

Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership would like your views on why there’s no place like Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands to make your home.

Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative Update

Work begins on Guildford Court Apartments on Watergate, with an expected completion date of summer 2014

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 7th February. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk