Archived Consultations

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

The first phase of the consultation process was held over an 8 week period (from 24 August). A final period of consultation will be held prior to adoption of any amendments. The Notice of Review and associated documents can be viewed via the A&B review page which will be updated after the closing date to reflect the feedback received during the first phase of consultation.​ Click here to see our submission.

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

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is leading this consultation. Public events were held during September and there was an online questionnaire - This questionnaire was completed on our behalf by Pat Pollok-Morris and Maggie McCowan

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

 This initiative has grown from the Charrette Mainstreaming programme and represents a broadening of SG support for community participation in the design of their local places. Grant funding remains available to support delivery of charrettes but is no longer confined to charrettes only. Proposals for other participative design events were equally welcome. In addition to the grant funding for community led design events, Making Places will also offer support in the form of advice and guidance from Architecture & Design Scotland and relevant partner bodies, to communities who wish to improve their understanding of place and build their skills and confidence. 

Procurement and Commissioning Strategy: Closed 29th September 2017

Argyll and Bute want to make sure we get best value for local residents. The encouraged peiople  to  read their plans and submit their views.

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 

 The consultation was open to all and the Scottish Government encouraged all interested parties to take part via the consultation platform, Citizen Space

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

Knowing whether or not an advertising sign needs permission – either planning or roads depending on the type of sign – can be confusing, which is why Argyll and Bute Council is creating a new policy which will simplify things.

Two different pieces of legislation govern what signs are and are not allowed – the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1992 and the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. The council’s new policy combines these key pieces of legislation and, within the limited scope for manoeuvre the law offers – establishes Argyll and Bute-specific guidance.

The feedback on the draft will inform the final policy which the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing (PPSL) Committee will consider later in the year.

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