You Said, We Did
Thank you for taking part in our consultations. Your feedback matters to us and we want to show you some of the issues we have consulted you on, and their outcomes:
Allotment Regulations Consultation (24 January 2020 – 21 February 2020)
The council engaged with the public and relevant stakeholders to ask their views on our draft Allotment Rules and Regulations.
There were a total of 36 responses received.
Over 50% of you told us that you agreed / strongly agreed that the Rules and Regulations supported the Council’s vision to encourage and enable people who wish to grow their own food. 20% of you disagreed / strongly disagreed and the remaining 25% neither agreed nor disagreed.
You also provided us with comments such as:
- People on the waiting list should not go to the bottom if they reject a plot
- Charges should be nominal
- Rules and regulations should encourage sustainable practices
- Allotments should be used for personal purposes only
- Dogs should not be permitted on growing spaces
- There is no commitment given on how quickly consideration will be given to requests to locate structures on an allotment plot
- There is a need to signpost potential food growing spaces and/of offer guidance and advice
- There should be a mentioned of flowers and shrubs
We have fully considered your responses and updated the Allotment Rules and Regulations, in light of the consultation feedback noted above.
How good is your place? (2 May 2019 to 31 October 2019)
The Community Planning Partnership (CPP) engaged with residents, using the Place Standard Tool, to find out how they feel about the place(s) they live and work in Argyll and Bute.
There were a total of 1,558 responses received.
Across all four administrative areas, you told us that transport connectivity is a top priority for improvement, followed by work and the local economy.
You told us that the areas needing least improvement were natural space, feeling safe, social contact and identity and sense of belonging.
There are differences in priorities within the individual communities of each of the administrative areas, you can see in more detail what your community said here.
We have now published the results from the consultation to help community groups and partner agencies use this information in service plans and to develop community-led actions plans.
The CPP will be using this information to identify priority themes of improvement within each of the four administrative areas.
The CPP will engage with Area Community Planning Groups in May 2020 to develop agreed actions to become part of the Area Community Planning Action plans for each administrative area.
The council engaged with local stakeholders to identify what kind of training would be useful to help navigate the procurement process.
There were a total of 8 responses.
You told us the most preferred training sessions you would attend and advised that you would like them to run both in person and online during the working hours. You told us that you would like these events to take place in Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh.
We have fully considered the responses from stakeholders and have decided to run and host the more popular training sessions and events. We will be running training events in Oban, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown and Dunoon and also hosting a webinar.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Draft Waste Strategy (14 June 2019 to July 2019)
The Council engaged with the public and all relevant stakeholders to seek their opinions of the Council’s Draft Waste Strategy.
We asked if stakeholders supported the aims and objectives of the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).
We asked what stakeholders felt about the ban on Biodegradable Municipal Waste.
There were a total of 946 responses received.
You told use there were three major areas to develop in going forward: Communication, Value and Regulation.
For Communication, you told us you wanted:
- Clear and readily available information on Council waste services;
- Clear guidance from the council on what can be recycled;
- Supporting behavioural change by promoting local reuse;
- Being clear about what happens to our waste and how it is recycled.
- Responders value their waste services;
- Desire for local exploitation of waste as a resource;
- Council support to increase local benefits of recycling.
- Lobbying central government to regulate for changes in packaging supporting a move to more sustainable products;
- Support for the DRS providing that it is rural/island compatible;
- Recognition of the challenge posed to the council by the Biodegradable Municipal Waste ban.
We have fully considered the responses from stakeholders and updated the Waste Strategy, in light of the consultation feedback noted above.
We updated it to include detailshow waste reduction, reuse and recycling will be supported through enhanced communication and promotion by the council. The policy objectives of the strategy and section titled “Waste Policy-Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” have been changed to now include commitments to improve the quality and accessibility of our content published online and through social media. By communicating clearly to the public on how the council deals with waste coupled with clear guidance the council will increase positive engagement supporting a positive increase in waste reduction, reuse and recycling.