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03 January 2021Deadlines for Surveys connected with the Proposed Woodlands.

The online survey, launched on 19th December will close on Monday 4th January.

 It will have been open for 17 days. 

 The hand delivered  survey which is being delivered to residents who regularly use Pier and Station  Roads  will close on 10th January.  Every one in the area should have received a copy by Monday 4th. 

We apologise for the short survey period for the latter, but we have to make a response to Scottish Forestry by 15th January. 

01 January 2021Scam Vaccine text

Fraudsters are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through a cruel but convincing text in an attempt to steal people’s personal and financial details. The text contains a link that leads to a very believable but bogus NHS website with an application form to register to take the vaccine.

 Since those of us of a certain age will be expecting a call, please be on your guard. 

 Thanks to Which for this warning.


01 January 2021On-Line Classes in Tai Chi

Virtual Classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

 This gently form of exercise can improve balance, flexibility and muscle strength as well as reducing pain and stiffness.


  • Saturday 16th January from  10.0am -11am for 8 weeks
  • Monday 25th January from 11am -12pm for 7 weeks
  • Wednesday 27th January from 10am -11am for 7 weeks

 Returners only:Saturday 16th January​

  • from 1.30pm  -2.30pm
  • from  3.30-4.30 (Seated Tai Chi)

27 December 2020Planning Applications for proposed woodlands.

This weeks Planning List includes the applications

Stuckenduff: 20/02234/FGS


Letrault: 20/02235/FGS

The physical appearence of this website will change in the next few weeks to make it display better on  a mobile phone.

Meanwhile the page on this website  which displays Local Planning Application details cannot be updated. This is why I have included these Applications References here.

You can type these each reference number in turn into the Simple Search box which you will find on the external link below.

Anyone can make a representation on the applications in the usual way.

 Most of the information on the Argyll and Bute site has been posted on our website since we received it on 4th December

18 December 2020Woodland Creation at Letrault and Stuckenduff

We have received notification on the proposed woodlands.

All the information that we have received  have been posted on this website.

 Despite the concerns of the Community Council and residents regarding the  movement of timber trucks associated with harvesting from Highlandman's Wood over the past two years, and the indications that another route could be found for these new plantings as well as the harvesting of the three other phases from Highlandman's and Torr forests,  these proposals still detail Pier Road as the Access Road. The Operation Plan provided by Scottish Forestry states:

"Further consultation with interested parties will be required to resolve this issue and find a solution to move forward".

A survey, along with a short summary of the situation,  has been sent to everyone on our Mailing list. Alternatively you can click on the external link below to complete the survey.

Please let us know what you think by completing the survey asap.

 The consultations close on 15th January 202. We have asked for an extension but have not heard anything to date.

12 December 2020Festive Bin Collection Schedule

Rubbish and recycling collections due on

  •  Friday 25th December will be collected on Sunday 27th December
  • Friday 1st January will be collected on Sunday 3rd January

Commercial (business premises only) glass collections due on

  • Saturday 26th December or 2nd January will be collected on Sunday 27th December and 3rd January

All other rubbish and recycling collections will take place as normal over the festive period

Blackhill recycling and civic amenity site will be closed on 25th/26th  December and 1st/2nd January

Find your bin calendar and advice on what goes in your bins for Helensburgh and Lomond from the external link below.

05 December 2020Upbeat News from Argyll and Bute

Snippits from this weeks News Round-up from Argyll and Bute

 Remember you can sign up to have the weekly New Round-up delivered to your inbox. Just follow the external link below.

05 December 2020ALTH80

How do the health & wellbeing circles work?

The circles are small groups that come together weekly over the phone. They are a great way to connect with others and to feel supported and encouraged by our health and wellbeing professionals, Jenny and Yolanda, to stay active.

There is a freephone number so it costs nothing to take part and you don't need to have participated in the YouTube videos to take part in the circles - these are open to everyone over the age of 50 and carers are welcome to join too.

How do I register to join?

If you, or someone you know, would like to join our health & wellbeing circles, you can register by calling us on 0333 32 32 400 or by emailing info@agescotland.org.uk and we'll provide further details on what you need to do next.

05 December 2020Contact Tracing scam

Be warned! Scam contact tracers are about!

Genuine contact tracers may first send you a text to let you know that you will receive a call from NHS Scotland. Calls will be made from 0800 030 8012.

Callers will:

  • Introduce themselves and state the reason for their call
  • Address you by your name
  • Ask for details of people you have come into contact with, in a relevant time period
  • Inform you that you will receive further information by email with advice on isolation and the support available (if you don’t have access to email, they may ask for your home address so this information can be delivered to you by post)

They will NOT:

  • Ask you for information other than your movements and the people you have been in contact with
  • Ask for financial information such as bank or credit card details
  • Ask for details of medical records
  • Try to sell you anything or ask for any payments or donations
  • Ask you to set up a PIN or download anything
  • Ask for your social media details, passwords or PIN numbers
  • Ask for remote access to your computer
  • tAsk you to phone a premium rate number or visit a website other than NHS Scotland or the Scottish Government

Genuine contact tracers will give you the option to call the above national number to verify that the service is genuine.

05 December 2020Latest Scan Share Bulletin

The following Scam Share Bulletin Link is being circulated on behalf of Trading Standards Scotland

Topics this week include:

  • Counterfeit Electrical Products
  • Buy a Puppy Safely
  • Grant Scams
  • Investment Scams
  • Warning Over Fake Vaccines
  • Bank Scams
  • Business Guidance

Further details in the external link below

04 December 2020Helensburgh & Lomond's Very Own Living Well Advent Calendar

The youth forum’s Mental Health Champions have created a Wellbeing advent calendar with a new activity every day until Christmas that will boost your wellbeing. You can find it on the external link below

04 December 2020Your Garden in Winter

Your choice of plants and garden features  will reward you by looking attractive and stimulating wildlife activity all year round.

Argyll and Bute is considered to be a biodiversity hot spot with its range of land, freshwater, and marine and coastal habitats and species – and your garden could play an important part in creating a welcoming habitat for wildlife.

You find out more from the external link below.

04 December 2020Put a light in your window...

We are delighted to see that many of you are already doing this. 

It is a quick and easy way to cheer up your neighbourhood.

Our Christmas tree is now up. More lights to follow I am told .

 Thanks again this year to the Marines and the organisational skills of Mark Fitzsimmons from Faslane and our own Convener Jim Duncan 

04 December 2020Road Maintenace in Argyll and Bute

The winter maintenance routes are determined in order of priority, with resources focussed on the roads which carry the greatest amount of traffic. Our roads team works diligently to this strict programme.

Unless in an emergency it is highly unlikely that roads other than those shown on this map will be gritted.

 Helensburgh and Lomond Pre-Treatment Routes

 You cab read more details on how the Council operates from their website

01 December 2020December Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

December 2020  Alert 203

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