Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 5th October 2018

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Focus on: Show us your best October school holiday snaps

School pupils in Argyll and Bute with an eye for a good picture are being invited to enter the council’s October holidays photo competition.

Prizes will be awarded to the best three pictures taken by school children, of Argyll and Bute, over the October school holidays, with Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, judging the entries.

As part of the council’s drive to attract more people to live, work and invest in Argyll and Bute, the theme of the competition is simply #abplace2b – meaning pupils are encouraged to take photos of scenery, places, wildlife or whatever else they think shows our area at its best.

Councillor McNeilly said: “Young people often have a unique take on the world around them and I’m sure we will get some excellent entries for this competition. The most important thing, though, is to have fun and to get out and about and enjoy Argyll and Bute during the school break.”

The rules of the competition, and details of the cash prizes, can be found here on our website:

Entrants are also encouraged to share their pictures on social media using #abplace2b, perhaps via their parents’ accounts if they are too young to have their own accounts. The council may then share the images on its own social media and online platforms. Pupils should ask their parents or teachers to email in their entries if they don’t have an email address of their own.

Emails should include the pupil's name and the name of their school.

Councillor McNeilly added: “Pictures of Argyll and Bute help to showcase the area to people in Scotland and the UK, and even further afield. For example, the council’s Instagram page is very popular, with people far and wide sharing their pictures taken here in Argyll and Bute using the hashtag #abplace2b. It’s wonderful to see new pictures every day, and we would love to see pictures taken by our pupils also getting recognition.”

Did you know?

1-5 October was Climate Change Week Scotland. Using up the food you buy, and not throwing it in the bin, can save your household up to £38 a month. It also means less greenhouse gases. Love Food Hate Waste has lots of great recipes for leftover food on it website:


Oban Airport heroes reunite dog and owner: Airport heroes Tom Eddleston, John Macdonald and Peter Johnston came to the rescue recently when little dog Jess got stuck in a drain pipe on the beach on the airport perimeter path.

The poor panicked pup was there for some time before the her owner contacted the team at the council-run airport to ask for help. A short time later, dog whisperer Tom managed to coax her out safely. Cue much relief and smiles all round.

Oban airport's puppy rescue!

Sign up for the council’s new Customer Outreach Service:  Almost 6000 people have signed up to the council’s new Customer Outreach Service which allows them to be alerted to important service updates in their area by text or email.

Oban Common Good Fund open to applicants: Oban Common Good Fund is welcoming applications until 15 October 2018. The fund, which has been supporting projects in the town since 1913, gives grants to projects that provide a service or facility that meets a local need or directly benefits the residents of Oban.

Health and safety event comes to Lochgilphead: Construction companies and workers involved with refurbishment projects are being invited to attend a free health and safety awareness event.

The half day event to be held on Wednesday 17 October at Lochgilphead Joint Campus in Kilmory is organised by Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign group, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council. Aimed at small to medium sized construction companies, the event will provide clear practical advice on how to address serious issues that can impact on both business and lives.

Work with us

From art teacher to contract manager, and from clerical assistants to gardner, you’ll find all these career opportunities now with Argyll and Bute Council. Why not not consider a move here? Find out more on My Job Scotland


Review of polling arrangements: Argyll and Bute Council is reviewing its polling districts and polling places and is asking local residents for their views on how it’s currently done and on any changes being made to the location of polling stations.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 12 October 2018.