Archived Consultations

Short Term Lets Consultation: Closed 22nd July

The consultation asked for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. The consultation is now closed but you can read the Consultation paper

Waste Strategy Consultation: Closed 19th July

Click here to read the strategy. 

Argyll & Bute Taxi and Private Hire Car Study : closed 12th July

Click here to read the background to the study

Proposed Conservation Area for Helensburgh Town Centre: Closed 12th June

Survey on Community Growing Spaces: closed 14th June 

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 (LINK) requires each local authority to prepare a food-growing strategy for its area to identify land that may be used as allotment sites and identify other areas of land that could be used for community growing. 

Review of walking and cycling (active travel) routes within Argyll and Bute: Closed 29th May

Draft Clyde Marine Plan: Closed 27th May

The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) is in the process of developing a Clyde Regional Marine Plan. The CMPP have produced a pre-consultation draft Clyde Regional Marine Plan (CRMP) that addresses the local issues and pressures on the coastal and marine environment. Argyll and Bute Council is part of the CMPP and the plan covers the Kilbrannan Sound, Firth of Clyde, Loch Fyne and Loch Long areas. 

Consultation on the use and regulation of Fireworks in Scotland:  Closed 3rd May

The Scottish Government  gathered information and views on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. They want to hear your experiences and what you think about the way fireworks are currently used.

 Animal Health & Welfare Act Amendment Consultation 201​9: Closed 26th April

To formally establish if there is stakeholder support for these proposals to strengthen the enforcement powers of the Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law: Closed April 1st

Scotland has more charities per head of population than any other region of the UK. This is particularly so in rural and remote rural areas. This consultation is concerned with the statutory regulation of charities in Scotland – the legal arrangements that charities work within. The stated intention is to increase transparency, accountability and trust. 

New Regional Strategy for Transport: Closed 20th March 2019

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the Regional Transport Partnership for the west of Scotland, is preparing a new Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) for the Strathclyde area. The RTS will set out a new long-term vision for an approach to transport planning and transport policy across the region and underpin a more sustainable and growing economy, enable a healthier and more inclusive society and reduce the impact of transport on the environment.  Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has been commissioned by SPT to assist with the development of the new RTS, which is a long-term appointment and involves several key stages.

Police SurveyClosed March 18th 2019

Police Scotland wanted to hear from the public and  partners about how they shape the service that they provide. Their plans will be laid before the Scottish parliament in March 2019

There was a short on-line survey,

Note: This is separate from the ongoing survey "Your Views Count", which is on the Active Consultations Page 

Unconventional Oil and Gas: Closed 18th December

A consultation on the Scottish Government's preferred policy position on unconventional oil and gas (UOG), the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report, and partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)


Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan : Closed

The Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking feedback from service user and carer representatives, partners and staff on the development of the 2nd Strategic Plan (April 2019- March 2022), specifically on eight strategic areas of service change required to deliver the ambitions of the HSCP over the life of the Plan. This will take place during summer and early autumn 2018.

Further information on the consultation including how to submit your views can be found here and the presentation given to Area Community Planning Groups can be found here


Caring Together - Argyll and Bute Carers Strategy and Action Plan: Closed 30 September 2018

A&B consultation on new draft strategy “Caring Together – Argyll and Bute Carers' Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2023

Procurement and Commissioning Strategy 2019 to 2020 Closed 28th September

The Argyll and Bute Council Procurement Strategy 2019/20 sets out a framework which is designed to enable the Council to continue on its journey of change and innovation; while our Sustainable Procurement Policy 2019/20 builds on existing sustainability practice to meet the substantial challenges of balancing the complexities of sustainable procurement within today’s economic climate and continued drive for best value.

This consultation is taking place in the context of current procurement legislation in Scotland which makes it an obligation for public bodies to put a procurement strategy in place and then report on how it has been delivered. Part of this obligation is the requirement to consult on the contents of the procurement strategy before it is approved.

The final Procurement & Commissioning Strategy 2019/20 and Sustainable Procurement Policy 2019/20 will be considered by Argyll and Bute Council in November 2018.

Joint British Sign Language Plan for Argyll and Bute: Closes September  2nd 2018

Draft Joint Local British Sign Language (BSL) Plan for Argyll and Bute

Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: Closed September 25th 2018

Consultation on the options for distinct elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers, seeking views on which options will deliver the best results for Scotland.

The Government want to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities. We want a wide range of views as possible to help us design an effective system.

The responses to the consultation will help us to design an effective system. This will then go forward as regulations under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. Consultation paper

Rural Growth Consultation: Closed10th August

Residents of Argyll and Bute are being encouraged to take a few minutes to fill in a short consultation on a ‘Rural Growth Deal’ for the area.

Flood Risk Management in Scotland: Closes 31st July

SEPA ran a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland.

 Responses will inform the future Flood Risk Management Strategies and Flood Risk Management Plans.

PVAs are where significant flood risk exists now or is likely to occur in the future. They are part of the National Flood Risk Assessment process, and help Scotland to understand and prioritise where work could benefit the most. They are a vital part of protecting people, properties, businesses, communities, infrastructure and our environment. 

Future of Public Services in Scotland: 19th April - 21st June

Scottish Government is conducting a Local Governance Review (LGR) which aims to make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. 

The following event is the first stage of the process for our area.  

Future of Public Services - Your Voice - Helensburgh: May 1st 2018  Victoria Halls.

Exhibition open at 5.30pm.  Structured event: 6.30pm - 8.30pm;

There will  be an opportunity to meet some of the engagement team and view the exhibition, The event  is designed to ensure your views are shared through facilitated workshops and feedback.

Proposal to ban the manufacture and  sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds stems in ScotlandClosed  22nd June

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views from stakeholders on the addition of secondary legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to introduce a ban on the manufacture and the sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds. The proposed bans aim to further protect our seas from plastic pollution.

Bank Closures: Call for Views: Closed 13th April 2018 

The number of bank branches in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond has halved in just eight years according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee are keen to find out how branch closures have impacted communities at as local a level as possible

The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible (both as members of a community council, as a business owner or as an individual). 

For the call for views, there isn't a requirement to answer every question, only the ones that are relevant to you.

Your Service...Your Voice: Closed 14 May 2018

A consultation on the safe and planned future of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is transforming and we want you to be part of our decision-making process by giving you the opportunity to tell us your views and ideas on the future of your Service.

Start the consultation now

Planning our Future: Closed  2nd January 2018

Funding to Argyll and Bute is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government towards the end of the year for 2018-19. Estimates indicate that the budget gap could be as much as £8.5 million in 2018/19, and £33.9 million over the next three years.

 The consultation will allow A&B to base how they change their prioirties based on local feedback".

Your View Counts: Closed :31st December 2017

 Police Scotland wants your opinions on policing which will help shape how it operates in future.  This is an ongoing survey, collated quarterly.

Community Learning and Development Plan: Closed 31 Dec 2017

The Community Learning and Development (CLD) Plan was created by the Argyll and Bute CLD Strategic Partnership in response to the CLD Strategic Guidance and legislation from the Scottish Government.

The Main Issue Report Consultation:   Closed December 11th 2017

This is the first formal stage of the preparation of a new  Local Development Plan (LDP2), which will set out its planning and development proposals for the next 10 years from 2020 and a vision for 20 years. 

Consultation on UK Parliamentary Constituencies: Closed December 11th 2017

Overall there will be a reduction in the number of Scottish Constituencies from 59 to 53. UK Constituences from 650 to 600. No changes are proposed in the local Government  or Scottish Parliamentary Constituences. 

Our new proposed constituency is Argyll,  Bute and Lochaber; population 77661 and area 9916 square km, the third largest area after Highland North and Highland South.

Your views on our website (This is the A&B website): Closed

Message from Argyll and Bute: We’d love you to help make our website better – let us know what you think.

 This was not really a consultation, more an Opinion Survey

Amendments to the Council’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils: Closed 19th Oct 2017

Role of the Scottish Health Council: Closed 20th October 2017.

Making Places Initiative:  Design Grant application closed on 13th October 2017 


Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: Closed 29th September 2017


1140 hours of Early Learning and Childcare Consultation: Closed 22nd September 2017

The Scottish Government have committed to increase the number of funded hours of Early Learning and Childcare, from 600 hours to 1140 hours per year, for all children aged 3 and 4 years old and eligible 2 year olds.

Argyll and Bute Council is working with the Scottish Government, Partner and Third Sector organisations to ensure that this increased level of service will be in place by August 2020.

 Argyll and Bute Early Years Service will begin consulting with residents of Argyll and Bute. The Early Years Service would be grateful if you would help, by completing the questionnaire.  Even if you feel this does not currently apply to you, your views will help shape future services for children and families across Argyll and Bute.

Take part in the consultation here

Climate Change Bill Consultation: Closed 22nd September 2017 


Draft Policy Advertising and Signage Policy Consultation: Closed 28th July 2017

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Consultation: Closed 10th July 2017

Recently they carried out a review of their local service delivery activities.  The findings of the data  have been collated into a Review Report. The priorities for a new Local Fire and Rescue Plan, specifically tailored for Argyll & Bute have been collated into a review report.

Improving Parking in Scotland Consultation: Closed 30th June 2017

The Consultation explored: 

  • how Scottish Government can make parking laws clearer
  • what parking restrictions and exemptions should apply
  • the best approach for managing parking, and
  • how to manage the placement of vehicles in today’s town centres, including improving accessibility for all, while incorporating new technology.

Consultation on unconventional oil and gas in Scotland:  Closed 31st May 2017

 The consultation explores the evidence on the potential impacts of shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane, and the technologies involved in extraction, including hydraulic fracturing.

Community Justice Outcome Improvement PlanClosed  30 April 2017

The Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership is developing its first Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan and is interested in your views on Community Justice.

Click here for a link to the Justice Outcome Improvement Plan.

​Places, people and planning: A consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System. Closed:  April 4th 2017

 The consultation paper “Places, people and planning” sets out 20 proposals for change which aim to strengthen the planning system.

The Scottish Government have produced a short guide for Community Councils. 

Future of the Crown Estates in Scotland. Closed  29th March 2017

Most of you will be aware that the Scotland Act 2016 makes provision for the transfer of the management of The Crown Estates in Scotland, to the Scottish Govenment. That transfer has not yet been completed.

 A consultation was opened on January 4th 

It is opportunity to help shape the long term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland and how the revenue should be used to benefit Scotland and communities.

Consultation on Fees and Charges for piers and harbours. Closed  13th February 2017

Consultation on the proposal to move Ward 15 from RAH to Royal Hospital for Children, Govan  Closed  6th February  2017

​There was also a Consultation on the Consultation with the same closing date. conducted by  The Scottish Health Council who wanted to find out how successful the consultation above had been in terms how aware the population was of the consultation proposal. 

Planning our Future  November 2016: closed January 9th 2017

 Commentary on the issues  

Advertisement and Signage Policy Guidance  2nd December 2016 to 6th January 2017

This revised guidance was approved for public consultation at the November meeting of the Council’s Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee.

Submission from Rhu and Shandon Community Council 

Scottish Government Consultation

Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill: Closing date 11/1/2017

 A draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill is set out as an appendix to the document.

Planning our Futures. Closing Date: End of December 2015

Argyll and Bute Council  launched a consultation, Planning our Futures,  on 30th October on changes to the services it delivers and the ways in which it works.

With local government grant funding expected to fall significantly, the Council faces an estimated funding gap of between £21.7 and £26 million. This means a savings target of around £9 million in both 2016/17 and 2017/18 with further savings in future years.

The consultation sought views on options for making savings primarily over the next two years. It also invited suggestions for alternative ways in which the Council could transform its work to deliver efficiencies and grow income. 

 Scottish Planning Review. Closed 1st December 2015

The Community Council made a joint submission with The Helensburgh Community Council Strategy Plans Group, The Helensburgh Study Group and The Helensburgh Green Belt Group.

review of the overall planning process, by a three man team,  was announced on October 14th  by Alex Neil. They will report by April 2016.

Planning Democracy have a useful blog on this.

The commission called for evidence or input from the public.   There was a  Call for Evidence Guidance Note, and they have listed the well over 60 specific questions they  posed. 

Health and Social Care Integration. Closed 28th November 2015

Have your say on this important issue. Click here to see the consultation questions. The Community Council has replied to this consultation.  Because it is an online consultation, it is not possible to link to our responses. This Healthy Together website provides useful background material.


Community Payback Order (CPO)Annual Consultation. Closed 23rd October 2015,  R&SCC submission

The CPO team, and members of the Community Council  undertook a Beach Cleanup in October 2014. We have many other projects in which we hope they will be able to help. 

Ward Boundary Proposals. Consultation closed 22 October 2015. R&SCC submission 

Local Government Boundary Commission  for Scotland (LGBC) proposes to reduce the number of wards in Argyll and Bute from 36 to 33. A consequence of this is that Rhu and Shandon will move from Lomond North to Helensburgh. We ageed at the meeting  held on 21st October that as a Community Council we were against moving from Lomond North to Helensburgh, option B, which is what is being proposed. Details are available on the Boundary Commission's website 

 Historic Environment Strategy. Consultation Closed 14th September 2015  R&SCC submission 

The purpose of the Argyll and Bute Council’s Historic Environment Strategy is therefore to provide a framework and context for how we continue to enjoy, preserve, manage, interpret and promote our historic environment during the 21st Century and the numerous challenges this presentsThis was a response to the Historic Environment Strategy 

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