Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 4th January 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s first weekly news round-up of 2019.  

Thank you for reading it. If you have ideas on how we could make it more useful for you, we’d love to hear them. Please let us know by emailing 

Primary one registration

Children who turn five between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2020 should be registered for primary school during the week beginning Monday 14 January 2019.

Parents should take their children to their local primary school to register during that week, between 10am and 3pm. If your child is not already receiving pre-school education in Argyll and Bute, you will need to bring their birth certificate with you when you register.

Further information, including how to make a placing request and how to request early entry to primary school, can be found on the council website.

Alternatively, you can contact the education team by calling 01369 704 000 or by writing to Community Services, Argyll House, Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AJ.

Did you know?

New year, new you: Did you know that Live Argyll is offering free health and fitness check-ups at their leisure facilities? There’s no joining fee throughout January either, so it’s a great way to make a New Year’s resolution that could change your life.


British Empire Medal for Donnie: Councillor Donnie MacMillan, councillor for Mid Argyll, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Year’s Honours List for services to local government.

Supporting Communities Fund: Applications are now open for the Supporting Communities Fund. The Closing Date for applications is 6 February, for a decision by May. Applicants can apply for up to 100% of the total funding costs for any project or activity, up to the maximum award available of £2,500.

Be proud to care: Would you like to make 2019 the year that you helped to make a difference to someone’s life? If so, why not consider becoming a foster carer? The council is looking for people to come and offer a child a home in a secure, loving environment. For more information, and to find out about the types of carers needed, visit the council website.

Check the roads before you go: Did you know that you can check the current road conditions throughout Argyll and Bute on the council website?

Tour the archives: Live Argyll is giving people the opportunity to trace their family history, find out local history, and lots more, when it opens the doors to its archives to the public.

Work with us

January is the time when we think about making changes – getting fitter, healthier, more active. There’s plenty of opportunity to do that in Argyll and Bute with so much outdoor space to explore and enjoy, even when it’s a bit cold. You can also get out of a rut by looking at some of the jobs available here at the moment, including teachers, a senior IT engineer, accounting assistant and clerical workers. Why not have a look on:

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 11 January 2019.