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20 April 2019SPT Transport Survey

Public survey  new Regional Transport Strategy UPDATE

Scottish Partnership Transport. SPT, designed a questionnaire and invited individuals to respond. 

In addition the CC  sent out a survey to everyone on our Mailing list and also put a link on the website, plus some paper copies in the Wee Brae Shop on Manse Brae. The response was not overwhelming!

The returns were collated and the results sent to SPT.

03 April 2019Before and After the Beach Clean on 31st March 2019

03 April 2019

Bring your antiques for Anita Manning and her team at Great Western Auctions to value. Items consigned to auction at a reduced rate.

Tickets: £10 for three items.

Tea/Coffee included.

All proceeds go to the RNLI

Tickets Available in advance, or on the door.

Contact Terry,

Email: ardmolach@live.co.uk
Tel: 07591 089160

03 April 2019Argyll and Bute: Active Travel Survey

Review of walking and cycling (active travel) routes within Argyll and Bute.

Have your say on  local issues  constraints, opportunities and priorities in relation to walking and cycling in our area.

This is our opportunity to express  our views about the Cycle route between Helensburgh and the South Gate.

Take 5 minutes to complete this  survey, to help shape active travel in our area:

Argyll and Bute Active Travel Survey

The survey is open until Tuesday 30 April 2019.

03 April 2019Resurfacing on M8

0.9km of the M8 Eastbound

between Junction 30 (Erskine) and Junction 29 (St James Interchange).


8pm Friday 26th to 6am Monday 29th April

03 April 2019Minutes of the H&L Area Committee March 21st 2019

 H&L Area Committee

March 21st 2019


  • Item 4 refers to the future of Christmas lighting in Helensburgh and Lomond. 
  • Item 9 states that offers closed for Blairvadach on March 1st, but it does not appear to have been discussed at the meeting.

03 April 2019April Funding Alert plus Questionnaire

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

April Alert 183

If you have applied for any funding which you heard about through the Funding Alerts, you are asked to complete a short questionnaire

27 March 2019Future of the Health Service

 Public meeting in Helensburgh to discuss the future of Health Services in our Area.

 Thurday April 11th 7pm

 Helensburgh Parish Church

Arranged by Jackie Baillie and Hospital Watch

 Read more about on Lochside Press.

27 March 2019Argyll and Bute have a new website

A new Website  www.abplace2b.scot promoting Argyll& Bute has been launched

It builds on the very successful #abplace2b which is being used by the council, its partners and members of the public on Instagram to highlight the many attractions of Argyll and Bute around the world. www.abplace2b.scot is a portal to the information someone wishing to move to Argyll and Bute would want to know. It has links to information on services, schools, jobs and things to do as well as features on some of the businesses and people who live here. The content is planned to be refreshed on a weekly basis with jobs, news, events, case studies etc. As the web portal is for the whole Argyll and Bute area, Argyll & Bute Council would welcome information and input from our partners, local communities and businesses. The Council will promote it on social media and hope partners will also promote it.

27 March 2019Livestock Worrying on our Patch

Dog Walkers are warned that they should keep their dogs under control when walking on farmland

Recently on the path from Helensburgh to Glen Fruin,  a dog attacked a sheep and the owner left the sheep to die. 

If you see a dog walker behaving irresponsibly please dial 101 and make a report. We are told that Officers will respond promptly.

Stress can be caused to animals not only by chasing or attack, but by just the presence of dogs - particularly when pregnant or rearing their young.

 Those of you who receive the Alerts from Neighbourhood Watch will know that in a case on the Cowal penisular in January, Police enquiries led to the owner of the dog being charged with a contravention of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 which will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The owner and the offending dog will also be subject of a Dog Control Notice.

27 March 2019Singing in the Alps

There are 3 places available for singers (non ukulele players) on the Ukes du Soleil course/holiday  7th - 13th July. Open to anyone even if you say you can't sing! You would be singing well-known songs along with the group of ukulele players. It is a great week in the mountains.......

Please take a moment to look here www.ukesdusoleil.com . If this link does not work, please copy it into your browser.

27 March 2019 Ukelele Lessons

Want to play the Ukelele?

Louise is starting a new beginners ukulele class on Tuesdays at 2pm (45 minute class) . Starting on  2nd April.  

 She has  2 spare ukuleles (first come first served). Guaranteed fun!! 

Please get in touch with Louise (louiseburnet@hotmail.com) if you are interested.

27 March 2019Music at Stuckenduff

 Music at Stuckenduff : 50th in the Sandwich Series

Thursday 11th April  12:30 for 1pm 

                                                  Robert Bridge - Piano

                                                Bach - French Suite no.5

                           Schumann - Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood)

                                              Rachmaninoff - 2nd Sonata 

 You are invited for a glass of wine, a sandwich and an hour of wonderful music

      Suggested donation £10 with all proceeds going to Alzheimer Scotland

  Please email to book a place: (louiseburnet@hotmail.com)

 Before launching on the next 50 in the Sandwich series , there will be a bit of a break. The intention is that concerts will  probably resume sometime in 2020.

So don't miss this concert!

27 March 2019Beach Clean on Sunday March 31st.

Meet at Ardencaple Hotel for a

Beach Clean 

between 10.00 and 12.00

this coming Sunday

27 March 2019Next Meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council

The next  meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council  

will be   held  at 7.30pm on
April  10th  2019

 The Agenda and minutes of the last meeting, are posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of our website. Other reports will be posted as they arrive.

11 March 2019Moving Forward Together UPDATE

Moving Forward Together Click to visit the website

Health and social care services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are changing in response to increasing demand. They want to hear what matters most to people so that they can develop new ways of working to improve experience and outcomes and meet the challenges they face.

Open meetings have been arranged across the area. Our local one meeting is on 

13th March - West Dunbartonshire (Alexandria Community Centre)

 9.30 to 11.50

At  NHS Glasgow and Clyde 2017-18 Annual Review held today, Jackie Baillie asked me to encourage anyone who can to attend the meeting in Alexandria. 

You need to book a place

  • call: 03001239987
  • email: feedback@movingforwardtogetherggc.org 

You can see the programme for the event


11 March 2019Roadworks on A83-UPDATE

These will now take place between March 14th and March 29th


08 March 2019Sim Swap Fraud

Police Scotland is warning members of the public to be aware of a fraud which has recently resurfaced. A local resident was victim to a mobile telephone SIM fraud which resulted in the loss of a four figure sum of money. This is often referred to as SIM swap, SIM split or SIM interception attack.

The first thing that can alert a victim of this type of fraud is that no service is available on their mobile telephone. The fraudsters bank on the fact that the owner of the mobile telephone does not question this for some time allowing sufficient time to commit the fraud. Only when contacting their respective service provider they discover that their number has been changed claiming a lost or damaged phone was the reason for the new SIM being issued.

You can read more about this scan and many others on Neighbourhood Watch website.

If you have not already done so, you should sign up to receive Alerts from  NW

 Forewarned is Forearmed

08 March 2019Major Roadworks on A83

These will take place between March 10th and March 29th


08 March 2019Armed Servie Advice Project

The Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) provides dedicated information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces Community in Scotland.

This includes veterans, their partners/spouses, widow or widowers and carers.

 The link above provides information of the services on offer from ASAP and also from Unforgotten Forces; a partnership of 15 leading organisations which offer support on access to health care, social isolation and respite.

08 March 2019 Funding Alert for March 2019

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

March Alert 182

08 March 2019Evening Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

You are invited for a glass of wine and nibbles and an hour of wonderful music 

Friday 15th March 2019

 6.30 for 7pm

Andrea Kuypers – Flute

 Hugh Reid - Piano

More details 

Suggested donation £10 with all proceeds going to Alzheimer Scotland. 

Please email me Louise (louiseburnet@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend

08 March 2019Police Survey

Police Survey:  Shaping our direction and delivery: Closes March 18th 2019

 Further details on the Consultation page of this website

05 March 2019Timber Transport


A new TTMP has been published on the Felling page of  this website

 The school exclusion times are now 8.00-9.00 and 15.00-16.00 with the transports allowed from 6am to 7pm. 

Loaded lorries are restricted to not more that one in every 45 minutes; maximun 8 per day, 50 per week

 This page will be updated further when  we receive the information that we have requested from the Roads Department.  

20 February 2019Type 2 Diabetes prevention and support

Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership is undertaking research on type 2 diabetes to help inform its diabetes action plan. Through this survey they hope to learn more about public perceptions of type 2 diabetes, including what people know about how it can be prevented or effectively managed.They also hope to identify barriers that prevent people from accessing the right support services, and to hear their ideas about how support for people with type 2 diabetes and their families and carers can be improved. 

As many responses as possible are needed to feed the action plan

Please follow this link to complete the survey: 


20 February 2019Beach Clean Sunday 23rd February

 Meet at Ardencaple Hotel for a

Beach Clean 

between 10.00 and 12.00

this coming Sunday

20 February 2019Showcasing Argyll and Bute

A new website to promote living and working in Argyll and Bute, has been launched.

 The site will be developed as businesses and people get involved with it.

20 February 2019Local Defibrillators

There are three defibrillators in our area

  • On the wall of the Life Boat Station; the sign, pointing to this,  is on a light pole on the A814
  • In Reception at the Rosslea Hall Hotel; we expect to have a sign for this very soon
  • On the wall of the Blairvadach Outdoor Centre; the sign pointing to this is on a light pole on the A814.

There is an App which  you can download, shows the position of all defibrillators in Lomond and the Trossachs..

20 February 2019Funding Alert for February

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

February Alert 181

20 February 2019Fly-tipping

 You will see from the minutes of the last meeting that there have been a couple of recent cases of flt-tipping on our patch.

If you are a member of Rural Watch, and if you are not you should certainly think about joining,  some serious flytipping  took place in Glen Masson, near Dunnon which, because the information was circulated on the Rural Watch Network, an individual was arrested, charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal for a contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

This is the second time in recent months that  Rural Watch has helped the police to apprehend criminals; the first was the theft of  lead etc which had been stripped from an empty house. 

Please consider joining Rural Watch and be prepared to do your bit!

Our fly-tippers were not apprehended!


17 February 2019NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Core Brief

Core Brief

The Core Brief provides  up-to-date information on a wide range of issues. Highlighting NHSGGC press releases and Scottish Government press releases on health.

16 February 2019Healthy Argyll and Bute

Healthy Argyll and Bute

The above link gives information on the  Health and Wellbeing Networks for Argyll and Bute.

The Helensburgh branch meets regularly.  Community Council member Linda Black represents the Community Council. 

On the above site you can find details of

The Joint Health Improvement Plan 2017 – 2022

Trining Courses availble for specialist workers. 

03 February 2019Recycling

Help cut the amount of Landfill!

Re-use Trial at Blackhill​

The Dumbarton based charity Home from Home have placed a container at the Blackhill Recycling Centre where you can deposit household goods which  have life left in them. They are happy to accept the following  clean and good condition items for onward reuse:

General list Particular Needs Jan 2019
  • Bed frames/bases
  • Mattresses/headboards
  • Chest of drawers
  • Cot frames
  • Wardrobes
  • Sofas, sofabeds
  • Pouffes, footstools
  • Armchairs
  • Coffee/nest of tables
  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Stools
  • Sideboards
  • Bookcases
  • Shelf units
  • Rugs, curtains, cushions
  • Bric a brac, china
  • Books, DVDs, CDs
  • Mirrors, prints, pictures
  • Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Chests of Drawers
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Fridge Freezers
  • Microwaves
  • Wallpaper (odd rolls)

Home from Home currently have reuse container arrangements in place with West Dunbartonshire Council at their Dalmoak and Old Kilpatrick facilities.

02 February 2019Funding Alert February 2019

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

February  Alert 181

02 February 2019Monthly Beach Cleans Announced

These will be held on the last Sunday in every month, time dependant on tides!

The first very successful clean was held on 27th January 2019. Read the report and see a picture in the Lochside Press

Organised by Rhiannon and Kate,

Primary contact is by Facebook,

Details will be posted here and the forthcoming events will be highlighted in our Newsletter.

31 January 2019Highlandman's Wood Timber Extraction

Following a meeting with concerned residents, two members of the Community Council, Fiona Baker and Peter Knox, met with all parties involved with the extraction, except Argyll and Bute.

  •  Kirsty Robb - Ridings Sawmill, Cardross.
  •  Barry Harper, Scottish Woodlands
  • Allan Johnston, Coille Haulage
  •  Iain Catterwell, Argyll Timber Transport Group.

The transportation of the Timber through the village of Rhu is governed by a TTMP which is a voluntary agreement between the timber extraction team and Argyll and Bute Council. It contains exclusion times when school children are likely to be on the road.
The TTMP published on the A&B website is incorrect. It was changed in November but only our councillors were informed. 

 The Tree Felling page on our website has been updated to reflect the latest information we have. 

30 January 2019Fly-grazing - Update

Following the local incidences of Fly-grazing in our area, both Maurice Corry and Jackie Baillie tabled written parliamentary questions about Fly-grazing in Scotland.

Mairi Gudgeon, Minister for Rural Affairs responded to say, essentially,  that Scotland did not have a problem. 

This is a disappointing response, but our thanks go to Maurice and Jackie for raising the issue.

You can read the questions and the resposes by clicking on the links below.

 Maurice Corry     Jackie Baillie 1       Jackie Baillie2 

30 January 2019Sandwich Series at Stuckenduff

You are invited for a glass of wine, a sandwich and an hour of wonderful music at Stuckenduff on Valentine's Day:              

                Thursday 14th Feb 12:30 for 1pm 

                     Sarah Harrington - cello

                       Stephen Adam - piano

The programme  includes music by Faure, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninov and a world premiere by Louise Burnet (don't worry, its short....!).

Suggested donation £10 with all proceeds going to Alzheimer Scotland. 

Please email me Louise (louiseburnet@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend

30 January 2019Funding Alert January 2019

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

January Alert 180

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