Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 8th December 2017

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

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Focus on: Positive report for Argyll and Bute’s Education Service

Education Scotland has published a report in which they note that: “Argyll and Bute Council has made sound progress in improving the quality of leadership and now has a considerably greater capacity for further improvement. There is now a clear vision for Education, as outlined in the Council’s strategy document: Our Children, Their Future.”

The report highlights a number of positive improvements.

Policy Lead, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said:

“We are proud of the report and the recognition of the high number of improvements which have been made as a direct result of the hard work and commitment of staff, pupils and parents across the Authority. The report demonstrates children are getting a good foundation for learning when they start their education and are leaving us well equipped to build happy, prosperous lives”.

You can find out more on our website.

Did you know?

Travel check: it’s now easier to find out about road conditions before you travel with the road camera information now available on our website.

News 

Council approves pavement café guidelines: New guidelines, aimed at encouraging a pavement café culture in town centres across Argyll and Bute have been approved.

Council committee meetings go paperless: Paperless committee meetings are the next step in Argyll and Bute Council’s drive to save around £250,000 through reduced print and paper use.

Shellfish toxins update: During routine monitoring, a potential risk of raised levels of naturally occurring E.coli bacteria have been found at Kerrera East Cockles.

Former Hermitage Academy site sold: Helensburgh will benefit from the development of an impressive range of two, three and four bedroom high-quality family homes now the sale of the former Hermitage Academy site, to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, is complete.

Funding boost for housing development: Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded £1.9m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to upgrade Kirk Road. Work on the road is expected to start mid January.

Consultations

Budget consultation: Our budget gap is estimated to be as much as £8.5m in 2018/19, and £33.9m over next three years. Change must happen to meet our funding gap. We would like your view please on the work of the council to help us plan our services.

Local Development Plan 2: People in Argyll and Bute are being asked to give their views on a simple, flexible, deliverable vision for the area.

Review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies: Across the UK the number of UK Parliamentary constituencies is reducing. This means that people across Scotland are to be represented in the UK Parliament by 53 Members of Parliament (MPs) rather than the current 59. The Boundary Commission of Scotland would welcome your views on the proposed new constituency areas which each MP will serve.

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.

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.

Jobs 

Youth work modern apprentice, teachers, cleaner, technical officer (lighting), trainee organisational development assistant, admin assistants – these are just some of the jobs we have on offer this week.

If you would like to be part of an award winning council why not find out more about jobs available with us at  www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/argyll-bute-council/jobs 

Next edition

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