Local Governance Review Democracy Matters

The Local Governance Review will consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government, and with communities.

We are inviting people to join a conversation about community decision-making, called Democracy Matters.

The conversation will take place over a period of 6 months, ending around November 2018. What we hear will help to inform new legislation.

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the consultation document.

Click links below for the next Big Listen events in Argyll & Bute

Islay   Isle Of Bute   Dunoon   Oban

If you cannot get to any of the sessions there is also a webchat taking place on the 18th June

The sessions will provide background information and the majority of the event is designed to ensure your views are shared through facilitated workshops and feedback.

At the same time, we will be working with our public sector partners, such as local councils, to consider if increasing the powers they hold could improve outcomes for people.

Each event starts at 6.30pm and will conclude around 8.30pm.

There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the engagement team and view our exhibition which will be open one hour earlier at 5.30pm.

Democracy Matters: Your Community. Your ideas. Your Future.

SNP Councillors In Argyll & Bute Call On HSCP Integration Joint Board To Abandon Plans For Damaging Healthcare Cuts

SNP Councillors In Argyll & Bute Call On HSCP Integration Joint Board To Abandon Plans For Damaging Healthcare Cuts.

Ahead of a meeting of the Integration Joint Board of the Health and Social Care Partnership scheduled to take place at Kilmory on Wednesday and following their group meeting on Monday, The SNP Group on Argyll and Bute Council has voiced strong opposition to the damaging and ill conceived cuts currently proposed for local healthcare services.

The eleven SNP Councillors, who together represent every ward in Argyll and Bute, are calling on the Integration Joint Board to consult with staff and communities, and put a stop to the proposals, which will decimate local jobs and frontline healthcare services. They are also urging the IJB to accept the offer of practical support and assistance from the Scottish Government, that is currently on the table.

Commenting SNP Group Leader Sandy Taylor said:

“In the new Integration Joint Board we all saw a real opportunity for the development of new heath and social care services in Argyll and Bute, improved through innovation, transformation and collaborative working. Instead we are now faced with an unsustainable and damaging reduction in service provision that will detrimentally affect every community in the area and hit the most vulnerable the hardest. The IJB should not lose sight of that initial ambition and must not proceed with current proposals. Any future service redesign should seek to fully involve the staff and communities which the board was set up to serve”.

Aye Fyne!

Aye Fyne! Is a growing group of people up and down Loch Fyne, not linked to any political party, just a group of Scottish Independence Supporters getting together to talk, arrange events and help reconnect and re-energise the original Yes Movement.

Aye Fyne Events

Events they are hosting and meetings planned will be added to our calendar.

If you would like to get involved you can follow Aye Fyne on Facebook, click the link on the right of the page to join the Aye Fyne! Discussion Group.

Aye Fyne is also on Twitter

Aye Fyne! Have regular meetings in Lochgilphead, so do pop in for a chat

Scottish Independence, Angus Robertson
Get ready
Yes, Scotland, Aye Fyne!


BEAR & Transport Scotland To Take Immediate Action To Repair A83

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has welcomed a commitment by Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, its operating company for the NW Trunk Roads, to take “immediate action” to repair sections of the road that have deteriorated very badly this winter.

Mr Russell has been making representations to Transport Scotland and the Transport Minister for several weeks following a sharp increase in complaints about the road. Sections around Inveraray, near Inverniel and at Arrochar are baldly potholed and regular road users have reported a growing number of incidents of burst tyres and damage to suspension.

Mr Russell commented: “As a regular user of the road myself I too have noticed a massive increase in potholes and places where the surface appears to be breaking up. Just after new year I drove to Inveraray and was horrified at the state of the carriage way at Strone Point where major roadworks are underway. I have also noticed similar severe problems coming into Arrochar and have information and pictures from other road users elsewhere on the route.

The A83 is the main artery for much of Argyll. For some weeks I have been making strong representations to Transport Scotland and to BEAR, alongside Cllr Dougie Philand as well as keeping the Transport Minister informed.

I have now held a telephone conference with senior management at the companies and been assured of immediate action, first of all to tackle the worst of the potholes with more regular inspections and emergency follow up work for the worst incidents followed by a repair programme, replacing sections of surface where necessary. There will also be improved signage and an information campaign.

I will be holding the company to these commitments and Transport Scotland has agreed to provide me and Cllr Philand with a weekly update. I will also continue to ensure that complaints are attended to with urgency.

I am grateful to all those who have used social media and other means to draw attention to this unacceptable state of affairs and I am glad that their concerns have now been listened to. I would urge road users to continue to monitor the situation and to ensure that the promises are kept.

Special Members Event Featuring Jeane Freeman MSP

Argyll and Bute Constituency Association invites all members in the constituency and council area to a special members event featuring Jeane Freeman MSP.

Jeane is responsible for delivering the biggest set of new powers for the Scottish Parliament since Devolution.

Jeane Freeman, SNP, Members Meeting 4 Feb 2018
Members Meeting

Her political journey from special adviser to labour First Minister Jack McConnell to SNP MSP and Minister has been well documented, as is her direct no-nonsense style!
Now local members can meet Jeane, hear what the Scottish Government is doing to support those who need the most help, and question her about politics, benefits and a range of other subjects.
Jeane will then join us in discussing the achievements of the Scottish Government and how to argue a stronger case for independence – both topics that were asked for at the recent workshop in Inverarary.
Branch CA Delegates are notified of a brief monthly CA meeting at 12:30. As always all members are welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held on Sunday February 4th


Tarbert Templars Hall 1:30 PM

TALC Harbour Street PA29 6UD Tarbert, Argyll

CA Meeting at 12:30pm

Oban Common Good Fund

The Oban Common Good Fund was set up in 1913 when Miss Janet Sinclair bequeathed her properties in Stafford Street and Dalriach Road to the Oban Town Council “for the Common good of the Burgh of Oban and its inhabitants”.

Read more here!

She specified that “£200 was to be distributed among the “deserving poor” This bequest was to carry out the wishes of her late brother John Sinclair an Oban Merchant who had died in 1910.

The Oban Common Good Fund was held by Oban Town Council until 1975 when it was inherited by Argyll and Bute District Council. At the last reorganisation of local government in 1996, Argyll & Bute Council took over administration of the fund. Members whose wards include any part of the former Burgh act as Trustees of the Fund, and in terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 when considering Common Good Fund applications they must ‘have regard to the interests of the inhabitants of the area to which the common good related prior to 16th May 1975’ – i.e. in this case Oban.

In 1982 the Common Good properties in Stafford Street were sold. It is the interest from these investments which is available to the Trustees to disburse. The invested capital cannot be spent. The Fund meets on a quarterly basis, and over the past 8 years have dispersed grants totalling nearly £250,000 to a wide variety of local organisations.
The Trustees of the Fund meet to conduct fund business on four occasions per year (February, May, August and November) and the deadline for receipt of applications is 15th January, April, July and October respectively. The Trustees have been strengthened by two members of the community, the Chair of the Community Council and a representative from the local church community.

Each Application is scrutinised on its own merits and a decision reached and recorded.

Argyll and Bute Council now publishes the minutes and decisions of the Fund on its website, and you can access these via the following link minutes and agendas of the Oban Common Good Fund meetings. Minutes of Common Good Fund meetings are also routinely tabled at Area Committee meetings for noting.

The value of the Fund currently stands at just over £1million, and the available income varies with the financial market and rises and falls accordingly.

Visit Argyll and Bute Council link for full details and to apply.

Application forms can be downloaded here!

Argyll and Bute Council – Realising our potential together

Source: Oban Common Good Fund