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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

29 December 2018 Supporting Communities Fund

 The Supporting Communities Fund 2019/20  opened for applications on 5th December 2018.  The Closing Date for applications is 6th February 2019 for a decision by May 2019. 

More Details on the  A&B websire.


29 December 2018Budget Deficit

Although the Scottish Government has allocated more money overall, this money is ring-fenced to fund new Scottish Government commitments which councils will be required to deliver – for example, the expansion of early learning and childcare.

These attached conditions mean that funding for our existing, core services is being cut and A&B now needs to identify savings of £9million.

29 December 2018Fly-grazing Horses

The five horses that have been fly-grazing on Blairvadach Estate for some considerable time, were removed by the SSPCA on Friday 29th December. 

29 December 2018Arrangements for the festive season.

  • Normal Collections on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
  • All other collections are two days later  than usual.
  • Blackhill Depot will be closed 25th /26thDecember  and 1st/2nd January.
  • All Argyll and Bute offices are closed and will reopen again on Thursday 3rd January.

29 December 2018 Good News Story

 Message from Louise Burnett

 £1,500 was raised for the Lily Foundation through the Autumn term thanks to support from the two Sandwich Series concerts, one Cake Concert, the Shandon Ukuleles and some Carols.

Click here to see a short video about the work of the lily Foundation.

Next Sandwich Series concert is 1pm on Thurs 14th Feb.

Ukulele term starting up again on Thurs 24th Jan (new/recent beginners 3pm Tues 22nd Jan)

Contact Louise for more information: louiseburnet@hotmail.com

01 December 2018Democracy Matters : Local Governance Review

Since May this year the Scottish Government and COSLA have been encouraging community groups to hold Democracy Matters conversations across the country. The ideas generated through these conversations are being gathered and will ensure that the outcomes of the review focus on what local people have identified.

 Two events are been arranged in Oban 

Wednesday 5 December 12pm- 2.30pm, Corran Halls, PA34 

Wednesday 5 December 5.30pm – 8pm, The Rockfield Centre, PA34 

 Read more about it and book a place by clicking on OBAN

Who are these events for?

This event is open to everyone! All welcome, whether you're an interested member of the public, working professional or a student. We encourage everyone to take part and share their ideas, but feel free to say as little or as much as you like.

More info

Can't make it? Submit an idea online here: https://www.ideas.gov.scot/


01 December 2018Local Defibrillators

 Apps have been produced  which provide the location of debrillators throughout the UK.

 The one for our area is https://www.trossachsdefibrillator.co.uk/

It was sponsored by      and   


You will see from this that we have three defibrillators in Rhu and Shandon

  • on wall of the  lifeboat Station at Rhu Marina
  • in Reception at the Rosslea Hall  Hotel
  • on the wall of the Outdoor Centre in Shandon

Plans are afoot to have these machines signposted from the A814. 


01 December 2018Carols at Stuckenduff

Carols at Stuckenduff 

10:30am Friday 21st December -

carols round the piano, mulled wine, mince pies.

Suggested donation £5 with proceeds going to the Lily Foundation.

Please email Louise to secure a place: louiseburnet@hotmail.com 


Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
Will Todd - MASS IN BLUE
George Shearing - Songs and Sonnets
Hoagy Carmichael - Skylark
7:30pm - Sunday 9 December
Helensburgh Parish Church
Adults: £12 / Students: £6 / U12: £2


01 December 2018Cake Concert at Stuckenduff

The Shandon Ukulele Band are giving a very informal performance

10:30 for 11:00am


Thursday 6th December.

You are invited to come for coffee, cake and a fun hour of well-know songs.

Suggested donation £5 with proceeds going to the Lily Foundation.

Numbers are limited so please email Louise if you would like to reserve a place  louiseburnet@hotmail.com 

01 December 2018SHIP

A&B updates its housing plan

More than 800 affordable new homes are in the pipeline for construction over the next three years as part of the council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP).

  Six of these houses are in Rhu. These are designated Low Priority  and no Geographocal Coordinates are given.

You can read the plan from the links below.

Strategic Housing Investment Plan SHIP

 Tables for the SHIP 

You will probably have to use CTRL+ to be able to read these tables.

24 November 2018What is a Community Council?

The Improvement Service whose strap line is

" We work with Scottish councils and partners to improve the health, quality of life and opportunities of all people in Scotland through community leadership"

have produced the   U-Tube video "What is a Community Council"


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