Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 6 July 2018

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Focus on: Dunoon’s Queen’s Hall progressing

Contractors working on the £12million Dunoon Queen’s Hall project have completed their official ‘handover’ of the building to Argyll and Bute Council.

This important step in the process means the fantastic new facility remains on track to host its first public event on Friday, July 27 – a concert by Skipinnish, swiftly followed by ABBA Mania on Saturday, July 28, and a sold-out performance by The Proclaimers on Friday, August 3.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, the Council’s Policy Lead for Strategic Finance and Capital Regeneration Programme, was given a tour of the Queen’s Hall and saw first-hand the work on the internal fit-out of the building.

Councillor Mulvaney said: “It was great to see the progress being made at the Queen’s Hall and I can confirm it is looking very close to completion now. The final fit-out process is underway and the finishing touches are being applied. This project represents a significant investment in Dunoon – one that will benefit residents, help attract events to the town and ultimately boost the local economy. I can’t wait to see the doors opened and I am sure local people will be delighted with their new Queen’s Hall.”

A fitness and training suite will be on site and the building will also house the new library and the offices of Skills Development Scotland. Additionally, a children’s soft play area is included, with a new road layout and public realm enhancing the marine access to Dunoon town centre, Cowal and the National Park beyond.

The ambitious project is part of the £30million ‘CHORD’ programme to assist regeneration and economic development in the five waterfront towns of Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.

You can see the great view from the building’s roof terrace on our website.

Did you know?

Appeal to use water wisely: If your car needs a wash but you’d rather enjoy the sun, here’s the perfect excuse! Scottish Water is asking us all to use water wisely during this summer spell, so for example to wash only our cars’ windscreens and lights.


You can help secure a rural growth deal for Argyll and Bute: It would take just a couple of minutes to give your views and could help bring transformational investment to the area.

Support available following tragic events on Bute: For anyone affected by the tragic events on Bute this week, support is available through ParentLine Scotland, which is run by Children 1st.


Rothesay Ferry Terminal work to start: Work to protect the long-term integrity of the quay wall at Rothesay Ferry Terminal is due to begin this summer.


Work with us

If you’re looking for a new job, why not consider the opportunities available with the council? There are positions available whether you’re at the start of your career, or would like to progress.

Positions vacant include a summer student, IT modern apprentice, housing advice assistant, teachers, HGV mechanic, senior sports coach. For the full list visit My Job Scotland.



Replacing windows in listed buildings and conservation areas: What in your view works for conservation and building improvements?


Special constable recruitment: In the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division and more specifically in Argyll and Bute, Police Scotland are looking to improve the recruitment, retention and coverage of Special Constables and would like your views.


Flood risk management: SEPA is running a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland.


Next edition


We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 13 July 2018.