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.

Larach Quarry Blast – 6 October

Larach Quarry


Forestry Commission Scotland has advised us of a blast being carried out at Larach Quarry as detailed below:

Date: Tuesday 6th October 2015
Time: Approximately 1300hrs
Restricted access: 0800 to 1700hrs
Temporary avoidance zone: 1100 to 1500hrs. All times are local.

OS X (Eastings) 215880
OS Y (Northings) 692226
Nearest Post Code PA23 8SG
Lat (WGS84) N56:05:14 (56.087265)
Long (WGS84) W4:57:39 (-4.960820)
Lat,Long 56.087265,-4.960820
Nat Grid NS158922 / NS1588092226
mX -552235
mY 7540318
Mapcode GBR 04.NFJZ

The quarry is 180m above MSL, the blast zone is 750m radius or 0.404967 nautical miles and maximum height of 100 metres.

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.

Local Development Plan Deadline for Representations


Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park is currently accepting representations (formal comment) on its proposed local development plan, with a deadline of 29 June 2015. The documents are available on the Park’s consultation website www.ourlivepark.com; in local libraries and at their offices in Callander and Balloch.

Your comments should state what changes you would like made and why; or whether you support a particular policy or site. These can be submitted online at the aforementioned site; by email; or by post to National Park Headquarters, Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG. Further information is available by calling 01389 722600 or emailing: hello@ourlivepark.com.