How good is your place results - FAQs

Area wide engagement in Argyll and Bute, using the Place Standard tool

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have you published the engagement results in full? Why haven’t you removed or edited any comments which are negative?

The Community Planning Partnership made a commitment for all information from the engagement to be available for communities within Argyll and Bute to assist them in any local work e.g. community-led action plans.

We have made a few slight edits, such as removing the names of people or businesses. The comments are there for transparency.

We believe that providing this information to communities and our partners is a step in reducing ‘consultation fatigue’ - helping to prevent the same questions being asked multiple times of one community.

What is the Place Standard tool?

The Place Standard tool provides a simple way to structure conversations about place. It allows participants to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

The tool was developed between NHS Health Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Government. Further information can be found at

We welcome feedback on this tool which we can share with the national working group.

What does the diagram showing the results mean?

The circular diagram shows the areas where a place is performing well and where there is room for improvement. If respondents have assessed a place as good, the shape of the diagram will be fuller, reaching towards the edge of the circle. Where a place is seen as performing poorly, the shape will be smaller, remaining towards the centre of the diagram.

What are you (the council) going to do about these results?

The results of the engagement will inform the four Community Planning Action Plans, one in each administrative area. We will produce these, working with the four Area Community Planning Groups, by 2021.

The Community Planning Partnership (CPP) has a duty under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act to produce locality plans. We call these Community Planning Action Plans to minimise confusion with the locality plans of the Health and Social Care Partnership.

The Council is a key partner in community planning and along with partners we are considering the priority themes emerging from the results for each administrative area, and considering the suggested actions for improvement from the engagement.

Community Planning meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend these. Our website contains details of the meeting dates:

Are the results going to be used more widely than just the CPP plans?

Yes. Where we are aware of council services undertaking consultations we have shared the engagement results to help prevent the same questions being asked and to supplement their specific engagement.  Examples of where the survey findings have been shared include:

  • Housing Services
  • Procurement – looking at public transport on Islay
  • Community Learning and Development

I have more questions.

Please contact the Community Planning Partnership on 01546 604 464, or e-mail us at

Community Planning meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend these. Our website contains details of the meeting dates: