Dunoon group discusses Council cuts

2015-12-12_10-36-14On Friday evening a public meeting was held in Dunoon to discuss the proposed Argyll and Bute Council cuts which will affect everyone in Cowal. Councillors Walsh, McQueen and Breslin were invited to attend. However only Councillor Breslin was present.

The meeting was organised by the Democratic Socialist Federation, a political grouping (not a political party) founded on the principle of ’empowering people to participate in their local area with other like minded people, and to have an effective say in a real democracy’.

More information on the local group is available on the People versus Argyll and Bute Council Administration facebook page.

The event which was livestreamed by DemocracyTV.scot, can be viewed below.

Argyll and Bute Council is encouraging its residents to participate in its Service Choices Survey in order to help it decide on priorities. You can do so by answering the survey questions here.


Argyll and Bute welcomes refugees

Refugees fleeing the Syrian war zone are to be welcomed into Argyll and Bute with open arms.

In an announcement made today by Argyll and Bute Council, at least 20 refugees will be offered housing and support in the area, with the possibility of more in the future.

Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “We have a moral duty to help. We cannot sit back and do nothing while these poor people try desperately to escape war torn countries, risking their lives and their family’s lives in the process.

“If we can help just 20 people, then that’s 20 people who will have the opportunity of a better life.”

Councillor Walsh continued, “We will be working alongside our Community Planning Partners to discuss the best way to support them and to integrate them into our communities.

“The spirit of positivity – of moving forward together – is much, much more than a title or a theme. Here in Argyll and Bute it is, quite simply, how we think and what we do.”


Public Consultation on Electoral Boundaries

2015-08-03_15-28-56The local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland is undertaking a public consultation on its proposed reform of electoral boundaries.

Under the proposals, the existing Cowal Ward would disappear and Ardentinny would fall within Ward 8, Lomond North. Details of the proposals can be found here and you can give your views via their consultation portal.

The consultation period ends on 22 October, 2015.


Verge stones to go, Bus schedule changes & Sea defences

At last week’s Ardentinny Community Council meeting, Cllr. Bruce Marshall reported the following:

IMG_2907-1Stones on verges
As there is a requirement for no obstruction to be placed nearer than 1.5 metres from the road, large stones on verges are not acceptable. The Council will be taking steps for these stones to be removed from verges in the village.

Bus schedule changes
The recent introduction of the 489 bus route from Glenfinart to Toward has met with widespread disapproval as frequently the timetable did not tie-in with Dunoon ferry departures. Councillor Marshall advised that the bus schedule is to be changed at the end of June.

Completed Ardenfield sea wall.
Completed Ardenfield sea wall.
Seawall work begins earlier this year.
Sea wall work begins earlier this year.

Sea defences
Councillor Marshall confirmed that the extensive Shore Sea Defences work in Ardentinny was now complete.

New Argyll Trust
The Councillor outlined the work of the new Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust, of which he is a board member. The first meeting concentrated on the elimination of rhododendron ponticum. As villagers will be aware there is currently a major rhododendron eradication project being undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland around Ardentinny.


Plans for new Ardentinny cycle route

cyclingPlans for a 25 mile cycle route from Kilmun Arboretum to Whistlefield, Ardentinny and back to Kilmun using existing forestry tracks were outlined by Councillor Bruce Marshall at the recent Ardentinny Community Council meeting. Preparations are also underway to promote and organise a cycle event using the new route in 2015.

Also under consideration is Ardentinny Outdoor Centre and Benmore Centre being used to disseminate visitor information on the area to children visiting the centres.