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24 April 2018Glenarn Heritage Walk

Sunday 26th April

 Meet at 2.30pm at the gate

The guided walk will bring to life the history; Andrew MacGeorge the first owner and the Gibson family who created the west coast garden on top of the earlier layout. It will explore the  Victorian structures and features: for instance the quarry, well, carriage house and the main house itself and will  explain how the garden developed and changed horticulturally.

Normal entrance charge applies (£5) but no charge for the guided walk.

Turn up Pier Road opposite Rhu Marina, and after 200 yards take the first turning on the right down Glenarn Road. We are at the end. 

22 April 2018Minutes of April Meeting

The Draft Minute of the April meeting of the Community Council has been posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.

17 April 2018Beach Clean on 15th April 2018

Great turnout of over 50 people.

 See the picture and description on the beach cleaning page of our website.

We had some extra equipment provided from our Sea Changers grant​

13 April 2018Vote for Community Projects

This year residents have the opportunity to decide how the £28,072 Supporting Community Fund  for Helensburgh and Lomond will be spent.

You can vote online or attend one of the nine Voting Promotional Events to be held in Helensburgh and Lomond. 


  • The website cleverly deletes what you have voted for and displays how much you have left to allocate. 
  • If you change your mind after you have left the site, you can submit a new vote and only your last voting session will be counted.
  • The site will close at midnight on 30th April. 
  • Results will be available on 3rd May at www.abpb.co.uk and emailed out to anyone who has provided an email address when they voted.

Voting Promotional Event  for those who do not wish to vote online will be held in  the Rhu and Shandon Community Centre on Monday 16th April between 2pm and 5 pm.

This is a pilot project this method of decision making will be evaluated!

I recommend that you visit the site and have your say on the distribution of money and on the system! The software is very clever! It even randomising the 21 projects each time you enter the site so that the unfortunate #21 is not always the same project!

13 April 2018Sewage Works in Rhu:UPDATED

The Torwoodhill Road sewer installation works phase is now complete and  the remedial works to the road surfacing will be finished this week in conjunction with the council inspection team.

The next stage involving  new sewer pipework  laid in the Gareloch Road (A814) from Junction of Armadale Road to Artarman Road and a twin septic tank  located in green space at the entrance to the Marina, will be started next week, and is expected to take approximately 4 months

The traffic light set up will be very similar to the first phase.

13 April 2018Future of Public Services in Scotland

Scottish Government is conducting a Local Governance Review (LGR)  from 19th April to 21st June,  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.

To book your place at this event, click here

06 April 2018Last meeting of Community Council

 Wednesday April 11th

7.30 Rhu Hall

last meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council 

The Agenda, minutes and appendices are posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.

The inaugural meeting of the new council will be on Tuesday May 15th at 7pm

03 April 2018April Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

April Alert 171

02 April 2018Advertising Signs

Businesses reminded to check guidance on advertising signs:

Argyll and Bute Council has produced a new set of guidelines to give clear advice to local firms and residents.

People planning to install new or replacement signs are being urged to check with the council before going ahead.

Policy Lead for Planning, Housing and Regulatory Services, Councillor David Kinniburgh, said: “Signage, whether it’s on a building or a sandwich board on the street, comes under the control of the council.

While some types of signage may not need permission, in many cases businesses will need to apply for planning consent or pavement licences before going ahead.

01 April 2018Results of Community Survey on Pop-up Stations

Results of the Survey on pop-up stations

There were less than 100 responses to the survey.

This item will be discussed at the next meeting of Rhu and Shandon Community Council on April 11th.


28 March 2018Minutes of HLAC

The minutes for Helensburgh & Lomond Area Committee, Thursday, 22 March 2018, 9:30 am have just been posted

28 March 2018HMRC Scams of three types

Be on your guard for any of these:

Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. 

Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them

Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt.

If you have been a victim please contact Police on 101, Action Fraud or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.​

28 March 2018TPS Scam

Be on your guard for phone calls from  someone claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service:

There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service athttp://www.tpsonline.org.uk.

If you have been a victim please contact Police on 101, Action Fraud or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.​


28 March 2018Effect of Bank Closures

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.  

The deadline for this is 13 April 2018 .


28 March 2018Health Walking

Paths for All is a Scottish charity that champions walking and supports over 100 community health walking projects across Scotland.

  • The  walking groups include buggy walks for parents with young children and dementia friendly walks.
  • They offer advice, training and resources including grant funding to those seeking to encourage walking for health.
  • If you would be interested in starting a community health  walking group  in Rhu or Shandon, help and training to get started is offered by Paths for All.

For more information or a chat about help that is available, please contact Colin Ward Paths for All Development Officer for Argyll & Bute.


28 March 2018March Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

March Alert 170

10 March 2018Future of Public Services- Your Voice

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

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

On the 07 December 2017, the Scottish Government announced its intention to conduct a Local Governance Review (LGR) which aims to make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. This event is the first stage of a process for our area.  

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.

To book your place at this event, click here


06 March 2018Pop-Up Stations

Have your say on Pop-Up Stations: ***URGENT***

Survey Closes Thursday 22nd  March 4pm 

Typical Time spent = 3mins

A pop -up station is a temporary train stop set-up to test the demand for a railway station at that location

 If the usage justifies it, a business plan will be produced for a permanent station.

Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland, has secured £2 Million to explore the idea of pop-up stations on his patch.

As you can see from the full text of the Press Release, posted on our website on February 9th, he is suggesting that Rhu and Shandon are possibilities for Pop-Up Stations.

A short questionaire has been prepared. It has been sent to our Mailing list or you can respond.  

  • by clicking on the link here Note that Q5 & Q7 only allow one choice. If you  want to select more than one, select 'Other' and type in you choices. 


  • filling in and depositing a paper copy available in Rhu Post Office. 

Please complete the short questionnaire and encourage all your neighbours, who may not see this posting. The Community Council are scheduled to have a meeting with Ross Greer friday 23rd March week  and want to be sure that we represent your views.


28 February 2018Road Works on A82 Leven Bridge

Scotland TranServ are to carry out waterproofing and resurfacing of the A82 Leven Bridge starting Monday 5th March, with completion currently scheduled for the end of April.

The first stage of the works will involve the southbound carriageway with works being programmed from 5th March until the 29th of March. In order to reduce disruption over the Easter Weekend all works and traffic management will be lifted during this period. Works to the  northbound carriageway will commence on the 4th of April and will likely to be on site until the 29th April, depending on extent of work required.

Works will operate 24 hours per day with traffic management for the works consisting of a contraflow.

The external link below gives details of all the roadworks in Scotland


27 February 2018Cycle Safety

The MoD Police have produced a colourful flyer on Cycle Safety. The message is clear 

  • Slow Down on Approach to Gates, Junctions and Crossings
  • Be Prepared to Stop - Bicycles Make No Sound

The Highway Code applies to us all: pedestrians, cars & bicycles

The coloured poster is too large to post on this website but here it is in black and white.

Not as pretty as the original, but the message is the same!

Contact 10436 674321 Ext 7009 to report Incidents and Near-Misses


27 February 2018

Helensburgh Waterfront Development
12 week Public Consultation starting 26th February
3 open meetings in the Victoria Halls

Monday 26th March  11.00 to 19.00

Monday 30th April  11.00 to 19.00

Monday 15th May 11.00 to 19.00

27 February 2018African Song Workshop

 African Song Workshop at Kilcreggan House

With song-leader Ali Mills of Soulwind

Saturday 17th March ~10am to 3.30pm 

Fabulous songs from all over Africa, taught by Ali Mills in three and four part harmony.

 Email Louise Burnet (louiseburnet@hotmail.com) if you’d like to book a place as numbers are limited.
£30 for the day + optional Soup lunch for £5


27 February 2018Volunteering Event in Helensburgh

A free eventTurning Volunteer Participation, looking at volunteering for community benefit, takes place in Victoria Halls, Helensburgh on 16 March.

As part of the Improvement Service’s Leading Practice Conference Programme, join Volunteer Scotland, the Improvement Service, Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface and Argyll and Bute Council on their journey to realise how volunteers and public services can collectively improve outcomes for their communities.

Book your free place by clicking on the following link


27 February 2018Community Council Elections

Election Day  26th April 2018

see the News Item with the complete schedule posted earlier today

The Nomination period will run from Tuesday 6 March to Thursday 22 March 2018 (closing date). Forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer by no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 22 March 2018.

You can obtain a nomination pack:

  • By downloading one from  https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/elections
  • In person from Helensburgh Civic Centre on East Clyde Street
  • By emailing secretary@rhuandshandoncommunity.org and I will send you out a word document. This has the advantage that you can type your statement.
  • Completed nominations cannot be accepted prior to 6th March and that anyone who submits a nomination form by email on or after this date must follow this up by posting the original to the Returning Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT, or by taking the original to Helensburgh Civic Centre.  The email address elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk may be used for emailing nomination packs to the Returning Officer.


27 February 2018Minute of February meeting of RSCC

The Minute of the February meeting are posted on the Agenda and Minutes page of this website.

27 February 2018Beach Clean in Rhu

Rhu Beach Clean:

organised by Peter Knox from R&SCC

Sunday 4th March: Meet at Rhu Loos at 11am


Note the change in time!

27 February 2018Community Council Elections

Community Council Elections 

Thursday 26th April.

 Confirmed Dates

Thu 1 March 2018                    Register in force (apply by 7 Feb)

Mon 5 March 2018                    Publication of Notice of Election

Thu 22 March 2018 (4.00pm)    Close of Nominations and withdrawal of                                                               Nomination Paper

Thu 5 Apr 2018                        Notice of Poll (if election contested)

                                              Notice of Uncontested Election (if uncontested)

Fri 13 Apr 2018                       Issue of Postal Ballot Papers

Thu 26 April 2018                 Election Day

                                              Final Date for Receipt of Postal Ballot Papers

Tue 1 May 2018                       Count of Votes

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