Are you eligible for help towards your child's school meals and uniform?

Parents in Argyll and Bute are being invited to find out whether or not they are eligible for help towards the cost of their children’s school uniform and free school meals. Since 2015, all pupils in primaries one to three are entitled to a free school meal, however, children in primary four and above need to pay unless their parents meet the criteria set out by the Scottish Government.

29 July 2019

Council welcomes funding announcement for Argyll and Bute

Following the announcement by Boris Johnson of growth deal funding for Argyll and Bute, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Aileen Morton said: “We have worked hard to develop and promote a rural growth deal that will transform Argyll and Bute’s natural resources into long term success for the area, and into drivers for growth in the UK and Scottish economies. "We are ambitious for Argyll and Bute, and we have strong local backing for this deal.

29 July 2019

O is for Oban Airport

Oban Airport is owned by Argyll and Bute Council and is a vital social and business hub for the area. The airport offers scheduled flights to Coll, Tiree, Colonsay and Islay, and enables island pupils attending Oban High to access a fast and efficient mode of transport to and from school. The airport serves around 3,000 passengers each year and, in addition to scheduled flights, is a popular destination for private pilots and charter flights alike.

26 July 2019

M is for marine services

The council has responsibility for a variety of marine services across Argyll and Bute, including seven main piers and harbours. Vicki McKenzie is the harbour master at Oban North Pier and pontoons. Talking about her role, Vicki said: “I love the variety that my job offers. The North Pier and pontoons are really busy throughout the year, with both commercial and leisure traffic. We see a lot of cruise ships coming in too, as well as a lot of large commercial vessels.

25 July 2019

N is for noise

The council’s Regulatory Services team sometimes receives complaints about neighbourhood noise. This can be anything from dogs barking and frequent late night parties, to noise from pubs and televisions turned up too loud.

25 July 2019

Dunbeg development visited by Housing Minister

The biggest single social housing development in Argyll and Bute for decades was given the thumbs up by the Housing Minister this week. Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, visited Dunbeg to see the completed Kirk Road and Dunbeg phase 3 development that is under construction. He met with council officers, elected members, and housing association and contractor representatives.

25 July 2019

Four-year contract agreed for Coll, Colonsay and Tiree air services

Subsidised air services from Oban to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree have been secured for the next four years after Argyll and Bute Council awarded a new contract to Hebridean Air. It follows the announcement in May that an agreement had been reached with Hebridean Air Services Limited to continue to operate the flights on a temporary basis, while the council carried out a procurement process for a new four-year contract.

25 July 2019

L is for licences

Did you know that the council deals with licences for a variety of things? From driving a taxi, busking and erecting scaffolding to selling alcohol, running a pet shop and window cleaning. Susan Mair is the council’s Legal Manager. Talking about taxi operator licences in Argyll and Bute, she said: “Before anyone becomes a taxi driver there are a number of requirements that must be met. Our priority is to ensure that all these are in place before the applicat...ion is considered.

23 July 2019

K is for Kitchen Skills

We've now entered week three of our A to Z of council services and what better way to start it than by paying tribute to our hardworking catering staff. Our primary schools menu is revised twice a year and is designed in consultation with the children through pupil focus groups. This helps to ensure they have a say in the menu choices and get an understanding of the importance of having a balanced diet.

22 July 2019

I is for icy conditions

Argyll and Bute Council’s gritter drivers cover a total of 1,430 miles of roads during the cold winter months in order to keep motorists safe using both ploughs and salt spreaders. The Council is responsible for in excess of 1400 miles of local roads in Argyll and Bute with BEAR Scotland maintaining the trunk roads on behalf of Transport Scotland.

19 July 2019
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