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- Clyde Marine Planning Partnership now have a website.
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20 August 2019Self Build Loan Fund SBLF
The Scottish Government have provided funds to act as a lender of last resort in relation to self build finance.
Further details and eligibility criteria can be found on Highland Small Communities Trust website
19 August 2019Minutes of Helensburgh and Lomond Community Planning Group
Minutes of the August meeting of Helensburgh and Lomond Community Planning Group.
16 August 2019Argyll and Bute from A to Z
Argyll and Bute Council have been highlighting some of their key services, from A-Z, and asking the people who do the day to day jobs, exactly what’s involved.
These have appeared in the Weekly News Round-up and are collected together here.
16 August 2019Roads and Footways Capital Programme 2019/20
Click here to see which roads in our area will be treated and see a description of the types of treatment are employed.
16 August 2019Events and Festival Fund opens for applications
Applications are being invited for Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund for 2020-21.
Click here for details.
16 August 2019Growing Enterprising Communities Event
Have you heard of the Place Standard Tool but you’re not quite sure how it can help communities, social enterprises and decision-makers work well together?
There is a Growing Enterprising Communities event in Arrochar on 28 August, where Anne Sobey will talk about how the tool has been used to good effect in the National Park.
This event is fully funded and is delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy.
For more details and to book a place please CLICK here: Growing Enterprising Communities - Arrochar
16 August 2019Place Survey
Community Planning want to hear about the place(s) that you live and work in, using the Place Standard tool, so that they can identify what is important for your community as a priority action.
Have your say by means of a short questionnaire. Last time I checked only one person had completed this from Shandon, and none from Rhu!
More details on the Consultations page of our website
16 August 2019Vision For Helensburgh
16 August 2019Purple Alert Mobile App for people with Dementia
Alzheimer Scotland, in partnership with Police Scotland and partners from across the public sector developed the Purple Alert mobile app.
Purple Alert is a free, community minded app, to help people living with dementia if they are missing.
Purple Alert allows the community to support Police Scotland National Missing Persons Unit during a missing person search. The app shares key information at the point of crisis and allows for more eyes and ears on the ground helping with the immediate search. When a carer sends an alert, all app users in a 30-mile radius get a notification that contains an up-to-date photo of the missing person, information about them and places they enjoy going to.
Since Purple Alert went live two years ago, all 13 alerts resulted in the missing person being found safe and well within four hours. We now have over 9,000 downloads of the app and you can help us to reach 10,000 downloads by asking 3 other people to sign up and create a profile.
To find out more about Purple Alert or to download the app, visit purplealert.org.uk
16 August 2019August Funding Alert
Details of funding available are published monthly
12 August 2019August Meeting Rearranged
The next meeting of the Community Council will now take place on
Wednesday 21st August
The Agenda has been posted on the Agenda and minutes page of this website. Appendices will follow as they arrive.
27 July 2019Advice on managing your money
Argyll and Bute have a new web page where they point you to impartial, confidential advice from a variety of local and national sources.
27 July 2019Volunteer Strategy
The Strategy Development Manager, Samantha Stubbs is leading on a piece of work to write the volunteering strategy for Argyll and Bute. She has developed, in partnership with the HSCP and Live Argyll, as series of surveys to assess volunteering currently and what the strategy needs to address. These have been split into third sector organisations, volunteers/potential volunteers, private businesses and statutory organisations. The links for each can be found below. Obviously, the more responses she get, the stronger the strategy can be, which would be best for all of us.
Third Sector Organisations: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/
Volunteers/Potential Volunteers: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/
Private Businesses/Statutory Organisations: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/
The closing date for all surveys is Monday 5th August 2019 at 9am.
27 July 2019Keep in the Loop
The council also has a useful notification and engagement service called “Keep In the Loop” whereby you can sign up to receive email alerts about disruptions, (plus events, consultations and new or changed services).
Bob Miller, Customer Engagement and Transformation Manager, said: “It’s important that we let people know about anything that might disrupt their travel plans. More and more people are accessing this information through our website and our new email and SMS alert service, so it’s good to know that we’re helping people and possibly making their journeys safer and a little easier.”
19 July 2019Helensburgh, Craigendoran and Rhu coastal flood study
If you have any comments or questions on the final proposals, please email these to
by 31 July 2019
19 July 2019Walking in Scotland
People venturing out into Scotland's hills and mountains are advised to take care and be prepared. While Scotland has world-class hills and mountains on our doorstep, to fully enjoy them it is essential to be prepared at all times.
19 July 2019Results of Budget Consultation
Message from Argyll and Bute
Thank you to everyone who took time to respond to our budget consultation earlier this year. Your views helped the council make the decisions needed to meet our funding challenges.
You can find out in this report about the contribution consultation findings made.
19 July 2019July Funding Alert
Details of funding available are published monthly
19 July 2019Geilston Garden Event
Saturday 20th July
Herb Walk and Herbal Workshop with Herbal Scotland
12pm - 3pm
£35 per person
The workshop aims to educate and empower participants to connect with some common plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties, inspiring and skilling them to prepare some safe simple and effective home remedies and body care products.
Led by fully qualified herbalists from Herbal Scotland, you will participate in a herb walk around the herb garden before making herbal remedies and body care products to take home.
19 July 2019The Circus comes to the Hill House
Sunday 21st July
Big Top Day with Circus Sensible
The Hill House, Helensburgh
10am - 5pm
£8 Child : £6 Adult : £24 Family (2 adults; 2 children)
Roll up! Roll up! Circus Sensible is coming to the Hill House.
Venture into the big top to watch the circus show with lots of opportunities for the audience to get involved. Afterwards there is a workshop on the lawn where you can have a go at various circus skills including juggling, plate spinning, stilt walking, diablo, devilstick and chinese ribbon.
Other fun-filled activities include:
- Face painting*
- Owl Man with owls and other birds
- Carnival games including tin can alley, hook-a-duck and hoopla
Grab some lunch from the pop-up food stall on the lawn.
The circus show lasts approximately 45 minutes and is suitable for big kids and little kids alike.
The performance times are 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
08 July 2019Short term lets Consultation
This Consultation closes on 19th July
Stakeholder event Tuesday 9th July 14.00 -16.00
Location:Tontine, 20 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5ES: View Map
The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Your views will help the Scottish Government find the right approach for Scotland.
Ore details on the Active Consultations page of this website
28 June 2019Minutes of Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee
Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday June 20th
28 June 2019Rest and Be Thankful: Phase 2 Resurfacing
Wed 3rd July to Friday 5th July
&am to 7pm
Convoy in operation: Speed limit 10mph
28 June 2019Temporary Traffic Lights in Rhu
Message from Scottish Water
Saturday and Sunday
June 29th & 30th
This is to enable repairs to the road surface to be carried out.
24 June 2019Preferred Options for Sea Defenses
Invitation to public consultation event - Helensburgh, Craigendoran and Rhu coastal flood study
Tuesday 25th June
Drop in session 2pm - 8pm
Short presentation at 6.30pm
Annex B Templeton Building Civic Centre
The short list of options for the different sections of the frontage will be presented The aim of the event is to gather stakeholder and public opinion on the preferred option that will put forward to SEPA for prioritisation for funding.
24 June 2019Recycle your toothbrush!
Recycle at the Victoria Integrated Care Centre 93 East King Street
Waste that is NOT accepted:
• Dental Floss and Floss Containers
• Interdental Brushes
• Toothache Kits
• Breath Sprays
• Denture Adhesives Packaging
• Denture Tablets Packaging
• Denture Cream Tubes
• Battery Toothbrushes
• Mouthwash Plastic Bottles
• Tubes that did not contain toothpaste
• Outer packaging that did not contain toothbrushes
• Cartons that did not contain toothpaste
24 June 2019Waste Strategy Survey
Argyll and Bute have launched a consultation on waste disposal.
Individuals are encouraged to cpomplete this survey; more details on our Consultation page.
Closing date 12th July.
24 June 2019More Information about Rhu Post Office
- The PO equipment is still onsite but the Lottery equipment may have been moved.
- Two options are still under investigation;
- the Local Model as is operating in Helensburgh or
- an Outreach model, but so far no other branch has agreed to help out with the latter.
- It is therefore unlikely that the PO will reopen.
This link gives the somewhat confusing public information.
24 June 2019Drones
Do you know the regulations concerning the flying of drones?
Click here to look and learn!
Please report any drone use close to MOD estate to MOD Police on 01436 655765.
24 June 2019Rural Watch Scotland
- Sign up for alerts on scams of all types which active in our area, from the hyperlink below.
- The Lomond North Rural Watch, which Police Scotland and MDP operate in partnership within our area, is available to select from a drop-down list near the end of the sign-up process.
- Read more about the scheme from The Rural Watch page on our website
24 June 2019Beach Clean Sunday 30th June
Meet at Ardencaple Hotel for a
between 10.00 and 12.00
this coming Sunday
If you need further information contact email@example.com
08 June 2019Supporting Communities Fund 2019-20
A total of 75 projects across Argyll and Bute will receive funding from the council’s Supporting Communities Fund after councillors approved their applications for support. Click here for the complete list.
08 June 2019Parents are invited to have their say
Parents are being invited to have their say on their child’s school by taking part in Argyll and Bute Council’s Parental Involvement and Engagement Census
Details on how to take part are on the following link
08 June 2019taxi and private hire car services throughout Argyll & Bute.
Argyll & Bute Council have commissioned LVSA to undertake a study of taxi and private hire car services throughout Argyll & Bute.
Responses are needed by 12th July
The Community Council decided that individuals who are interested should be encouraged to respond.
More details and the link to the survey are on the Active Consultation page of this website.
03 June 2019Geilston Gardens
This is a message from the Friends of Geilston Gardens
A petition that has been sent to the Scottish Parliament. As you may know Geilston Gardens is managed by the National Trust for Scotland but the property is presently "at risk" of closure. If you are concerned about the NTS policy of closing smaller properties or gardens then please consider signing the petition and asking others to do so. The petition is open until 9th of June and the Friends will be making a representation before the Petitions Committee of the Parliament at the end of June. The present chair is Joanna Lamont.
Click here for the link to the Scottish Parliament Petitions.
03 June 2019June Funding Alert
Details of funding available are published monthly
03 June 2019CHARTS
CHARTS: the growing network of Culture Heritage and the Arts in Argyll and Bute.
This organistion produces a monthly Mailer.
Included in this month's mailer is information on CHARTS. Artists' Collectives / Cooperatives event, CHARTS. Heritage Pilots Programme and Tarbert Castle's Archaeological Dig.
03 June 2019Helensburgh Town Centre
The designation of a Helensburgh Town Centre Conservation Area is subject to public consultation for a 6-week period between: 1st May and 12th June.
Hard copies are available to view at Helensburgh Civic Centre
Your views are welcome. Details on how you can respond are on the Consultations page of this link.
28 May 2019Coastal Flood study for Rhu
Click on the link below to see the proposals for Rhu
If you have any comments or questions on the proposals, please email these to Helensburghfs@jbaconsulting.com by 31st May 2019
28 May 2019May Funding Alert
Details of funding available are published monthly
28 May 2019Shandon Ukelele players raise money for Alzheimer Scotland
A message from Louise Burnet
Shandon Ukelele players have raised 1512.50 for Alzheimer Scotland since the beginning of the year
28 May 2019Macbeth at Geilston Gardens
Walking Theatre Company’s Adaptation of Macbeth
A promenade performance through the woods at Geilston Gardens.
Doors open 6pm for a performance starting at 7pm
As you know the future of Geilston is under threat. Please support this event if you can and publicise it to your friends. NTS have not publicised it widely so take up numbers are low.
For more information click on the Theatre Company's website.
To book tickets or find out more about the play, Click here
28 May 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:
This survey is now closed.