Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 6 October 2017

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Going live: Live Argyll, the culture and leisure trust responsible for delivering leisure and library services in Argyll and Bute has been launched with the help of pupils from Colgrain Primary and Olympians Vicki Adams and Lauren Gray, part of the GB curling team. To celebrate, they are offering the chance to win some great prizes – Fitbit Fitness Wristband, Kindle Fire tablet and a one-year, all-facility membership. Enter free at your local centre which you can find on the website. Live Argyll now runs libraries, leisure facilities, Active Schools, archives, museum services, sport development, halls, community centres and community lets.

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Book for business help: The countdown is on to Argyll Enterprise Week, which runs from 6 to 10 November. It offers a series of free events across the area to support businesses. Book the event of your choice now on topics ranging from funding and exporting, to food and drink and tourism.





Hitting the target: Rothesay Pavilion is on its way back to its glory days after reaching its £14 million fundraising target to secure its renovation.

Five decades of twinning: We welcomed a delegation from Germany this week to celebrate 50 years of Argyll and Bute being twinned with Amberg-Sulzbach – and to look forward to continuing to share expertise and best practice to help deliver economic benefits for both areas.

Up for top award: We’ve been nominated for a major Scottish award for our innovative way of securing community benefits when contracts are awarded.

Adding up to success: St Joseph’s pupils Emma Losekoot and Lewis Szeles helped their team to second place in a schools maths challenge. Only just pipped at the post. Well done!

A breath of fresh air: Monitoring by our Environmental Health team shows the air quality in Argyll and Bute to be of a high standard. Levels of pollutants are well within national guidelines.

Blueprint for our children: The Council and NHS Highland have set out their vision for achieving the best for our children and young people for the next three years with the publication of our new Children and Young People’s Services Plan.

Road to improvement: We’re going to be working with other councils to share resources for roads repairs and maintenance. It could see us share design, staff, equipment and properties, reducing costs and benefiting road users.

Have your say: We’re launching a pilot project that will allow communities to vote for how we spend money from our Supporting Communities Fund.

Have a magic time: A new exhibition celebrating fantastical tales from Kintyre – including one from an ancestor of JK Rowling – opens soon in Campbeltown.

Good sign: We’ve new guidance for businesses on advertising, whether it’s on the side of a building or a street sandwich board. Check it out to make sure you’re complying with the planning regulations.

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Community Learning and Development (CLD) plan: This plan allows members of the public to find out about the CLD work going on in communities around Argyll and Bute. The plan has a simple email feedback facility that can be used to contact the partnership. For more information go to and let us know what you think.

Community councils: We are proposing some changes to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils. This sets out our mutual agreement with our 56 community councils to help them represent their communities as widely as possible.

Your View Counts: Police Scotland wants your opinions on local policing which will help shape how it operates in future. Please take part in this five-minute survey.




The Council delivers a wide range of services for our communities. This means we employ a huge variety of professions, skills and experience. You can find out more here about opportunities to work with us.


On myjobscotland this week we have a range of different roles, right across Argyll and Bute. They include street lighting technical officer, catering assistant, janitor, leisure centre assistant, primary and secondary teachers, youth work assistant and classroom assistants.


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Next edition


Our next news round-up will be issued on 13 October 2017.