Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 9th November 2018

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New-look Dunoon Primary set to welcome pupils

The official handing over of Dunoon’s newly refurbished primary school took place this week.

Extensive work has been carried out to the school as part of a £10.5million investment by Argyll and Bute Council to transform it into a school fit for the 21st Century, whilst maintaining its listed building status.

Pupils can now look forward to moving into the refurbished west wing of the building on Wednesday, 14 November.

The next phase will see the demolition of the east wing and formation of a new part. When this is complete the new-look primary will provide capacity for up to 300 pupils and 30 early learning and childcare places.

It will also house a new family centre, gym hall, library, early learning and childcare centre, and staff accommodation. A link will be made to connect the refurbished west wing to the new east wing, with a feature staircase.

Welcoming the news, the Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “We want the very best start for our young people, and I am in no doubt that this phase in the wonderful new state-of-the-art facility will help us to provide that.

“Not only will it enable pupils to realise their full potential, but it will enable them to really enjoy their learning experience. Our vision is that we will realise ambition, excellence and equality for all. This new school will help our young people to achieve that.

“I wish all the staff and pupils the very best of luck and many happy years of learning and look forward to completion of the next phase.”

Head Teacher Brenda Reid said: “We are all delighted with the refurbishment of this part of the school. It’s so bright and spacious, and will provide pupils and staff with a modern teaching environment that will benefit them for many years to come. We can’t wait to move in and are already looking forward to completion of the whole project”

Read the full story on the council website.

Did you know?

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News

Pay by mobile parking comes to Argyll and Bute: A new quick, simple way to pay for parking, wherever you are, has been launched throughout Argyll and Bute. PaySmarti is a fully digital, modern way to pay for parking through a simple phone call, using a debit or credit card, and give your car registration and location.

Examples of best practice to be shared at Early Years Conference: Argyll and Bute Council’s annual Early Years Conference was held in Dunoon this week. The event will provided an opportunity for education professionals to come together to discuss examples of best practice and explore ideas.

Craignure Pier 'STAG' process survey: Residents of Craignure on Mull have been asked to take part in a survey and give their views on the Scottish Transport Analysis Guide (STAG) exploring the future of Craignure Pier.

Dunoon Primary continues to improve: Dunoon Primary School has received a positive and encouraging follow-up report from HMI inspectors following a return visit to the school.

Work with us

Can you believe it’s November already? The year might be drawing to a close, but you could open a new chapter in your life. There are plenty of jobs available here in Argyll and Bute including teaching posts, senior IT engineers, road workers, a senior clerical assistant and a seasonal beach cleaner. You can find out more at MyJobScotland.

Consultations

Budget Consultation 2018: We would like to hear from you about your priorities for the year ahead as we identify how best to use our reduced funding allocation to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, and the services that are most vital now. The consultation will remain open until Tuesday, 20 November.

Review of polling places and districts: Are you happy with the venue you attend to vote in elections? Please let us know. This review will run until Monday, 10 December.

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday, 16 November 2018.