Economic outlook for Argyll and Bute is positive

Published Date: 

7 Sep 2017 - 14:05

The economic outlook for Argyll and Bute is positive and the council continues to deliver on a number of projects, aimed at bringing more investment to the area.

The key successes of the council’s Development and Infrastructure Services were presented to the Environment, Development and Infrastructure at its meeting on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

Councillor Roddy McCuish, chair of the committee said:

“The council is committed to continuing its work to make Argyll and Bute a place where people will live, work, invest and do business. The committee was pleased to note the amount of work that is ongoing across Argyll and Bute and the open for business approach adopted by the service and its officers.

“Challenges remain however and the council is working hard to develop strategies to ensure our population, particularly younger people, remain in Argyll and Bute by focusing on opportunities for economic growth. These are aligned to the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy of investment; innovation; internationalisation and inclusive.

“Innovative initiatives, such as our Rural Resettlement Fund, which can help with the cost of moving or re-locating to the area, are helping achieve our ambition of attracting people and businesses.”

Since the start of this year, the council service has delivered a number of ambitious initiatives to boost the local economy and the committee report highlighted:

  • The opening of the North Pier Pontoons, which will realise an increase in marine tourists coming to Oban and the surrounding area

     

  • The signing of the memorandum of understanding by the council, the UK Government and the Royal Navy to work in partnership to deliver the £1.7 billion redevelopment of HMNB Clyde at Faslane, which will see the number of staff rise

     

  • Dunoon and Rothesay town centres will benefit from over £1.5 million of Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding from Historic Environment Scotland

     

  • The CARS scheme to give Inveraray a new lease of life is nearing completion

     

  • Business Gateway accepted 16 new clients onto the European Regional Development Funded Local Growth Accelerator Programme and 44 new business start-ups were supported during the first quarter of the year

  • The construction phase of the £3.3 million redevelopment of Hermitage Park in Helensburgh is well underway

     

  • The council’s Building Standards service has been awarded the verifier licence by the Scottish Government for the Argyll and Bute area for a further six years

     

  • The annual programme of bridge inspection is ahead of target, with 413 inspections already carried out

     

  • Argyll and Bute is film-friendly location with 18 productions being filmed, including a feature film which brought a cast and crew of 100 to the area for four days

     

  • In the first quarter of the year more than half (50.8%) of the waste collected was sent for recycling following the introduction of the new waste and recycling service

     

  • 97% of planning application were approved, which is above the target of 95%.

The full report can be viewed at - https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s120007/Performance%20report%20FQ4%202016-17%20and%20FQ1%202017-18%20AK.pdf