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26 July 2020Local Housing Strategy Consultation

Argyll and Bute Council and its partners are preparing a new Local Housing Strategy which will set out priorities for action in the next five years (2021-26) andwould like to hear what about housing matter to you. 

Click on the external link below to complete the survey.

 Closing date 21st August

26 July 2020Near Me Consultations

In addition to the Scottish Government Survey which closed on July 24th, Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have launched one which closes on August 3rd.

Click on the external link below to take part

25 July 2020Drones

Drone trials have proved that the sky is the limit for bringing new ways of enhancing services for patients in Argyll and Bute.

Click on the external link below for more details.

25 July 2020Information for Parents

Information for parents and carers of children and young people returning to school

Following a survey conducted at the beginning of June to find out what concerns they have about pupils returning to school after the summer. Argyll and Bute have updated the  Q&A on their website, to answer some of  the questions raised.

 Click on the external link below 

25 July 2020Local Heritage Sites Reopening

With restrictions easing in Scotland, we are excited to be re-opening some of our free to visit Historic Scotland sites in your local area where safe physical distancing is possible.

Click below to find out which sites near you are reopening.

25 July 2020One way system for Helensburgh Town Centre

A&B would like to hear your views on proposals to put in temporary measures to help everyone safely socially distance and support businesses as they reopen.

This work has been made possible through funding from the Spaces for People Programme to make it safer and easier for people to walk, cycle and wheel in their town centres.

 Click here to take part in the survey


25 July 2020Remote delivery of Health and Care Services

People in Argyll & Bute are being asked for their views on how health and care services might be delivered remotely in the future.

The use of video consultations in Scotland has rapidly escalated since the pandemic started. Prior to March, there were around 300 video consultations using the Near Me system; by June, there were almost 17,000 every week, with around 150,000 in total.

Across NHS Highland, the numbers rose in this period from 86 to 1,156 per week, with 10,138 in total. And in Argyll and Bute specifically, Near Me is being well used in GP practices, mental health services, maternity and obstetrics, paediatrics and a wide range of other specialties.

Now, the Scottish Government team behind Near Me has launched a major engagement exercise to find out what people think about how the system might be improved for the future.

The Government’s vision  that all health and care consultations in Scotland are provided by Near Me whenever it is appropriate – and it is seeking views on that vision.


25 July 2020Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland Summer 2020 Newsletter

Please click here to view. 

25 July 2020This week’s Trading Standards Scotland #scamshare bulletin

  • Top 10 phone scams in Scotland
  • Travel compensation scams
  • Pop up Energy Ads
  • Recent Doorstep scams
  • New Netflix scam email
  • Business Scams - local listings 
  • @stoploansharks warning about loans from personal lenders

Click on the external link below for details

19 July 2020Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service

Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service are there to help you

 Are you struggling during this difficult period?
 Do you need support to speak up and have your voice heard?
 We can help with phone calls, letters, emails and gathering information about your rights and entitlements.

You can reach them  on 01546 606056

They are still able to work with you and help you address areas of concern although they are not providing face to face appointments at the moment.
 More information about the Advocacy Service is available at www.laas.org.uk.

19 July 2020More Face mask Patterns

Face coverings in the community do not have to be set “hospital” standard and there are lots of designs available online. Masks are more likely to be effective if they consist of more than one layer of different fabrics. They can be made easily at home from old clothes like t-shirts or bed linen.

Have a look at these links for ideas:



19 July 2020School Age payment

School Age Payment
The School Age Payment is part of Best Start Grant, a package of three payments that will give extra money to low income families during the early years of a child’s life. It is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 to help with the costs of a child starting school. The money can be used for anything from school uniform and shoes to a school bag, books or days out.

Applications opened on 1 June 2020 and will remain open until 28 February 2021. Parents who have deferred entry to August 2021 should still apply in the 1 June 2020 to 28 February window. If they wait until after then it will be too late and they will miss out on their payment.

Best Start Grant – School Age Payment

18 July 2020July Funding Update

July Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

July  2020  Alert 198


Funding Alert Update

last call for applications

Gaelic Arts Awards Scheme

Managed on behalf of the partnership by CHARTS, this project will be delivered in three stages, marking a series of six, one per-month, awards of £500 (national) and one additional £1,000 award focused on artwork conceptually designed to the theme of heritage trail (Argyll and Bute only). We aim to offer at least one award at each selection stage to a young person, aged between 16-26 years

Deadline July 14 for monthly awards – July 31 Heritage Trail Award


18 July 2020Home Emergency Plan

The Council’s Civil Contingency Manager has provided the attached Household Emergency Plan as an example of best practice. It is recommended that each household should have one of these, It is in two formats


  •  A Word Document which you can download to your device, type it the relevant information and then print.

 note: the quality of the document whuch you will download is better that the specimen below!

28 June 2020Another step on the road to normality!

Rhu Toilet Block

 This will reopen  on July 17th.

As yet there is no agreement on when the ones at Kilgreggan will reopen.

19 June 2020This week's Scan Share Bulletin

Read more about these and other on the external link below.

  • More #TestAndProtect scams
  • Scam Ad Alert system from @ASA_UK 
  • Online shopping scams
  • Fake emails from 'colleagues'
  • Fake testing kits
  • @StopLoanSharks advice for #LonelinessAwarenessWeek

See details in the external link below

19 June 2020Cycling Safety for Children

Fact:A major children’s hospital has treated more children involved in cycling injuries during lockdown than over the whole of 2019.

General Advice

Carry out a regular safety check (tyres at the correct pressure, brakes working and nothing loose like spokes, saddle or handlebars) RoSPA has a video and checklist to help you.

Wearing a cycle helmet will help provide protection to the head in the event of a collision or falling off (remember to replace if damaged) and follow the manufacturer’s fitting instructions.
Make sure that your child isn’t wearing any loose clothing or shoe laces which could become tangled in the chain or wheels.

Mark Lilley, paediatric major trauma co-ordinator at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, has been speaking about the injuries he has seen and how to prevent them. Click on the external link below to view his videp

19 June 2020Non Native Species Information

Latest Newsletter- several scottish initiatives!

Suggestions for safe lockdown activities: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/news/index.cfm?id=347

Free online training: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/elearning

Activities for children: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/index.cfm?pageid=530

Website: www.nonnativespecies.org

19 June 2020GIVE-Summer Programme

From the 3rd July to 7th August young people aged 11-18 can take part in a range of activities that encourage citizenship, volunteering and social action, as well as personal development. Young people can choose which activities they want to take part in - and resource packs can be provided for a range of the activities on offer.

Young people will earn points for completing activities, which will be done at home, in your local community or online. Exchange these points for gift vouchers that can be used in local businesses, such as The Toy Shop, Helensburgh Art Hub, Costa, W.H Smith and more to be confirmed!

19 June 2020SHIAIN Report:Health Impact Scoping of Public Places

This is a report of a Scoping Exercise held on 2nd June 2020 to review English Guidance on Safer Public Places, in order to inform development of similar guidance for Scotland.

Click the external link below to read the report

18 June 2020Test and Protect

18 June 2020

18 June 2020Caring For People

Caring for People Helpline Helpline: 01546 605524 now offers

  • Emotional Support service

18 June 2020June Funding Update

June Funding Alert

For information

Details of funding available are published monthly

June  2020  Alert 197

18 June 2020Latest Scam Share update 12.06.20

This week’s SCAM Share update from our partners at Trading Standards Scotland gives information and advice on current Scams. The issues highlighted include
Contact Tracing Scams
Online Shopping
Pension Scams
HMRC Scams
Streaming Scams
Cancellations and Refunds
Face Masks
Microsoft Scams
Illegal Puppy Farms
Bank Transfers
Illegal Money Lending Unit

18 June 2020Bin Collections from Monday June 22nd

Bin Collections from Monday June 22nd

  • General Domestic Waste ie Landfill, will be on a 3 weekly cycle
  •  Recycling ( blue bins) will be on a 2 weekly cycle
  • Kerb Glass Recycling will Start week beginning July 6th
  •  There is no date for the resumption of Food Waste Collection

 Your previous calender will be valid again, and you can confirm this by checking on the Council website or by phoning : 01546 605514 

 If you have had to use your blue bin for general waste at any time over the past few weeks, you are asked to wash it out before starting to use it again. Materials cannot be accepted for recycling if they are in any way contaminated.

18 June 2020Blackhill Recycling Centre

Blackhill Recycling Centre is fully open

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm


Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Last entry to the site is 30 minutes before closing time unless an existing queue means the site has to close earlier to allow everyone to be out by 17:30. This gives time for the vehicles queuing to have the contents unloaded. If you do plan to visit the centre, give yourself plenty of time.

29 May 2020Fire Safety

The following message has been circulated on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

As lockdown restrictions are eased in Scotland, please be aware that a 'VERY HIGH' risk of wildfire remains in place until Monday

After several weeks of dry conditions, our countryside is tinder dry - and vulnerable to fire.
Please take care in rural areas and countryside and follow the advice on link below

29 May 2020Webinare which you may be interested in



The first of a series of webinars being presented by Helensburgh Community Council

Speaker: Stewart Noble

Date and time: Thursday 4th June at 7 PM

How to take part

1. If you have not already done so, sign up on the Internet for Zoom – go to


2. Tell Community Councillor Tariq Durrani that you wish to participate, by sending him an email as soon as possible to tsdurrani@gmail.com

3. Shortly before 7 PM on Thursday 4th June Tariq will send you an email inviting you to join the webinar – just follow the instructions on his email.

The webinar is an interactive Internet-based seminar, and so you will have the opportunity to ask questions; instructions on how to do so will be given prior to the start of the webinar.

29 May 2020Latest Scamshare Bulletin

This week’s SCAM Share update gives information and advice on current Scams. Those highlighted this week include:

Fake Online Stores
Fake Electrical Products
Covid-19 Phone Scams
Warranty Scams
Working from Home - Cyber attacks
Collapse of Specialist Leisure Group
False Medical Claims
Fire Safety
Supermarket Voucher Scams
Illegal Puppy Trade
Doorstep Scams
Unfair Business Practices
Illegal Money Lending

29 May 2020Civil Amenity Centre on Helensburgh Pier

Received from A&B following request for further information on how this will operate:

In order to keep customers and site staff safe, staff will not help you dispose of your waste. Please only bring what you can safely lift from your vehicle into the containers."

This means that when you approach the skip for garden waste you will then be allowed to get out of your car and tip your waste into the skip, if this means you are emptying a garden waste bag into the skip and then retaining your bag for future use that will be fine.  What's important to note is that none of the staff will be able to help you tip your bag so you will need to be able to lift the bag and its  contents by yourself (or with the help of one other member from your household) up to the height of the skip.

 This means that I for one will have to repack all my garden waste bags as I usually have to give them a good vertical shake to empty the contents over the fence at Backhill. I will not be able to do this with a skip!

​ You have been warned!

Below is the information provided by A&B

This is only short-term. The Blackhill site will go back to normal operations, with all the usual recycling options, as soon as it is safe to do so – we hope no later than a fortnight after opening.

Opening times from Monday June 1st.

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Last entry to the site is 30 minutes before closing time. This gives time for the vehicles queuing to have the contents unloaded. If you do plan to visit the centre, give yourself plenty of time.

What you can take:

Domestic/general waste and garden waste.

For the initial period there will be no containers available for recycling paper, cardboard and plastics.

What you can’t take:

  • Electrical items/white goods
  • Large items of furniture
  • Hazardous materials like asbestos, gas cylinders and tyres.

Cars will be allowed into the temporary civic amenity area on a one-in, one-out basis. Please be patient and stay within your car until you are directed to an unloading point.

For an initial period only cars will be allowed on the temporary site. This will allow more customers to use the site safely.  We will not be able to accept trailers, vans or commercial traffic on site at this time.

If the site becomes too busy it will need to close again. Full details of how the site will operate can be found on the Council website.

18 May 2020Japanese Knotweed

Two news items have appeared in the press over the past couple of weeks: 

You can eat it!  

 and dogs can track it down!



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