Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 7 March 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 this week a focus on the A83.

If you have any suggestions for the kind of information you would like to read about, please do let us know.

Welcome from Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council and

Councillor Duncan Macintyre, Policy Lead for Strategic Transportation

Councillor Dick Walsh said:

“The stunning landscape of Argyll and Bute gives us great opportunities for tourism and a quality lifestyle. It also brings challenge, as the landslip yesterday on the A83 demonstrates.

As you may be all too aware, there have been a number of landslides on the route in recent years that have caused motorists and businesses significant difficulty.

I therefore welcome the fact that the A83 Taskforce Group is being reconvened later this month. This group brings together key organisations that have a contribution to make to improving the A83, and the council will be at the table to play our part in delivering a resilient road network for businesses, residents and visitors of Argyll and Bute.”

Councillor Duncan Macintyre said:

“We need first class access to facilities, access is the key.

Work is on-going, by BEAR Scotland who manage the A83 and the Scottish Government, to assess and carry out mitigation work on different parts of the route.

Given the magnitude of the challenge – cost alone of potential improvement action is estimated to be around £450 million – it’s vital that we consider all opportunities for progress, and this means working not only to reduce the risk of road closures in future, but considering also how we can all respond more effectively if a closure does happen.

Argyll and Bute boasts a key advantage in this – our experience in identifying how everyone involved can work together, in the event of an emergency such as weather disruption, so that resources are used as effectively as possible in getting people the help they need.

We have numerous transport resources to draw on – road, trains, planes and boats.  It’s important to consider whether there are different ways in which we could use these various means of transport to get people moving again as quickly as possible. Every opportunity must be pursued in keeping Argyll and Bute open for business.”

Useful links

Traffic Scotland – provides updates on road closures

BEAR Scotland – here you can find information on road works and how to report faults.

Digital Council

Council tax on-line billing: if you sign up to our new council tax online billing system before 31st March 2014,there is the chance to win a new iPad!

Argyll and Bute Council mobile app: The Argyll and Bute Council app delivers a wide range of services and transactions on Android, iOS smartphones and tablets, and is an upgrade for current users of the Looking Local Report It app.

‘Tweet-a-thon’ launches more information on early years: The Argyll and Bute Council’s Early Years Service is now on Twitter, providing information on childcare, preschool education and early years. You can find them at @EYArgyllBute.

You can find a list of all our social media sites at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/social-media

Did you know?

Lost birth certificate?: We can provide you with copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.

Maps of Argyll and Bute: Our on-line mapping system can help you find your nearest facilities, such as council offices, schools, swimming pools, and car parks

News from the council

Don’t miss out on free supplier workshop

Last chance to book free workshop in March for SME and Third Sector Organisations.

Homeland Argyll and Bute where hi-tech meets the ancient world: The ancient world will meet the modern at Rothesay Library at the launch of a multi-media touring exhibition looking at the deserted settlements of Argyll and Bute

New 3G pitch for Lochgilphead: Lochgilphead Joint Campus will have a new 3G all-weather sports pitch later this year.

Street lighting, Nant Drive, Oban: There is a major underground fault at the upper side of Nant Drive in Oban. Argyll and Bute Council staff are on site today (Monday) to begin significant cabling and tracking work.

Next edition

Our next News Round Up will be issued on Friday 14 March. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk