Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 8 September 2017

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up.  

 

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 press@argyll-bute.gov.uk  

 

Focus on:

Support our campaign to keep children safe: We have launched a campaign to make people aware of the issue of child sexual exploitation. It’s everyone’s job to keep children safe from harm – please find out how YOU can play your part.

 

Did you know?

Through the keyhole: There are now 17 venues in Argyll and Bute throwing open their doors for Doors Open Day this year. From the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu to the Gleaner Oil site at Ardrishaig, there is something for everyone. It takes place on Saturday 23 and 24 September.

 

News

True grit: Our roads team are all set to keep Argyll and Bute moving this winter. Our winter maintenance plan is in place and with more than 15,000 tonnes of salt being stockpiled, nearly 40 vehicles and more staff available, we’re all set to treat priority routes on 750 miles of road network.

Future’s bright: We’re firmly committed to making Argyll and Bute a great place to live, work, invest and do business in – and it’s paying off. From the boost to marine tourism with the opening of the North Pier Pontoons in Oban, to more than £1.5 million of funding for Dunoon and Rothesay town centres, there has been plenty to celebrate so far this year. Plus, there’s more to come.

Community action: We have an online toolkit with templates, materials, tips and hints that aims to help communities develop action plans to help improve their areas – and there are free training sessions coming up to support communities to use them.

Working with you as well as for you: We’re looking for people to join the Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Panel and help shape the services we provide. It involves taking part in email surveys, and allows you to shape what we do in future.

First-class education: We’re ambitious for the young people at our 10 secondary schools and 75 primary schools – find out more about what we’re doing to make sure this is the best place to grow up, and how our children and young people, and our own education staff, are succeeding.

Getting ready for lighting-up time: It may not even be the September weekend yet but for some council staff, the countdown to Christmas is on as work gets under way to make sure festive lights are ready.

Say cheese: The award-winning, locally produced Campbeltown Cheddar is now on the menu at local schools, showing support for our agriculture sector, helping the local economy and celebrating our heritage – cheese production is one of our oldest industries.

Coming soon: Thank you to everyone who submitted a bid for funding to our Sustainable Communities Fund – we’ve had some great ideas for local environmental projects that will make a real difference to many areas. Awards will be announced later this month.

 

Consultations

Early years learning improvements: The number of hours of early learning and childcare available to families is due to increase from 600 to 1140 a year by August 2020. We’d like to know your thoughts on how this should be provided. Take our survey and let us know what’s best for you.

Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: We want to make sure we get best value for local residents. We are putting a strategy in place to achieve this through our procurement processes. Pease read our plans and give us your views.

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 www.cldplanning.com 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 policing which will help shape how it operates in future. Please take part in this five-minute survey.

 

Next edition

 

Our next news round-up will be issued on 15 September 2017.