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Electric Vehicle Charging

Argyll and Bute Council is inviting people to have their say on where additional Electric Vehicle Charging (EVC) points should be located, in the event that funding becomes available to expand the scheme.

You can view the locations of existing and proposed electric vehicle chargers in Argyll and Bute, and tell us your views, in our online survey:

https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/consultations/electric-vehicle-chargers?fbclid=IwAR3nYhV97fMADZUBEhw3YM0Lt-HwYOpJ-u6EglLucMm9342yNSgFt7SD5Wo

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Argyll Rally Notice

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Prescription Runs

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Competition Time!

COMPETITION TIME!

Help us spruce up our website by sharing your best snaps of Colintraive and Glendaruel, and be in with the chance to win a prize!

Deadline: Monday 30th of May 2022
Images must have been taken by the person submitting the images. (Only exception parents/guardians submitting on behalf of their under 16 entrant.)

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Telecare Scam – Argyll and Bute

If anyone is concerned about a telephone call relating to Telecare, they should dial 01546 605517 and ask to speak to their local Argyll and Bute TEC Technician.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership HSCP is aware of a scam being circulated in some areas which may be targeting #telecare service users transitioning to digital telecare. This scam is false phone calls to telecare services users asking them to pay for a new alarm as their current system is obsolete.

Given the vulnerability of telecare service users, there is a high risk that they may provide bank details to the scammer.

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Livestock attacks and worrying

Please remember if you’re out and about in Argyll and Bute to keep your dog under control near livestock. Those charged with livestock worrying can face a fine of up to £40,000 or face up to 12 months in prison.
If your walking route allows, avoid walking through livestock-populated farmland.
For more info: https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/livestock-attacks-and-worrying/
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Gentle Movement classes with Live Argyll

📢Gentle Movement is back!
✔️Free for anyone
✔️Zoom classes delivered by volunteers
👉Please pre book your 12 week block:
📅Tuesdays @ 6pm (the next block of 12 classes will commence 19th April- 5rd July)
📅Wednesdays @ 11.30am (the next block of 12 classes will commence 20th April- 6th July)
This class is run virtually and is open to anyone who has a long-term health condition or had cancer diagnosis either past or present.
The sessions are run by volunteers, but is over seen by the Development Officer, Mahailia Scott.
The sessions are extremely gentle and extremely relaxing. At the end of the sessions there is time for a ‘virtual cuppa’, where you can chat with others building social connections.
📩To book the 12 sessions block please email Mahailia.Scott@liveargyll.co.uk .
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Rural childcare issues – survey from the Scottish Government

👪 Take part in the survey to help identify and investigate childcare issues in rural areas.

We want to hear from you if you’re a parent, carer or any childcare provider of school-age children living and working in one of the following areas:
➡️Highland
➡️Argyll and Bute
➡️Dumfries and Galloway
➡️Shetland
➡️Western Isles/Na h-Eileanan Siar

👉 You can complete the survey here: http://ow.ly/vW2I50IwZ77

👉 More info on our website: http://ow.ly/CIL350IwZjv

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National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4)

PAS is here to help you navigate the planning system and shape the future of your place.

With consultation about to close on the draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4), a Scottish Government Planning Circular on Local Place Plans recently published, and widespread adoption of the Place Principle, there’s lots happening in the world of planning and placemaking in Scotland.

PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) is here to help. We are a charity and social enterprise working across Scotland, and I’m David Wood, key point of contact between PAS and Community Councils. I’d like to let you know about the services we offer and share some of the work we have been doing recently. Read on to find out more!

Advice Service
We offer a free, impartial and confidential Advice Service to help with any planning issues. Our Advice Service is available to individuals and community groups, including Community Councils, for advice on any planning issues in your community. We also provide information about the planning system, with specific information sheets about common issues, and details of how to contact the planning authority in your local area. Visit the Advice page on our website to find out more.

Talks
Would your Community Council like to know more about the planning system and how it works? PAS can provide a lively and informative overview of planning in Scotland from our team of friendly, experienced planners. Please contact me if you’d like to discuss arranging a talk for your community – this can be done online or face-to-face.

Training
PAS can also provide training to Community Councils on the Scottish planning system and their role within it. This training can also be tailored to cover any specific requirements you have. Training is usually commissioned by the Local Authority on behalf of Community Councils in the area and can be scheduled on a Saturday or weekdays/evenings as suits. Please contact me if you would like to know more.

Community Engagement
Are you looking for support with a local project? Through our social enterprise arm, PAS can provide with all aspects of community engagement, from developing your engagement strategy to facilitating the process of creating Local Place Plans and Community Action Plans. Our approaches are tailored to local circumstances and budget, and the outcomes you are looking to achieve, and we build a specialist team for each project from our pool of experienced staff, associates and volunteers.

We can also advise on funding opportunities. This includes the new Investing in Communities fund which will open for applications in April 2022, for projects starting in 2023. The application window is only expected to be 4 weeks so prompt submission recommended. Local Place Plans and community action plans could be supported through this fund, and PAS is happy to support you to develop an application if you would like to work with us.

Work in progress …
To give you a flavour of the work we are currently doing:

–        Supporting the community in Morvern to develop a Community Vision and Action Plan. Read all about it on our Life Live Morvern blog post

–        Offering talks to community groups around the country, with recent engagements in St Andrews, Haddington and the Forth & Clyde Valley

–        Preparing to work with a Community Council in Edinburgh to support public engagement activity around local area improvements

And finally … we would like to hear from YOU!

Please complete our short survey to tell us about your needs and interests in relation to planning.

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Your Dog, Your Responsibility – a message from Police Scotland.

New legislation is now in place across Scotland that increases the penalties for those found guilty of livestock worrying and includes a fine of up to £40,000 or 12 months imprisonment.
The legislation now covers a wider range of animals including camelids and ostriches.
Most livestock attacks involve people allowing their dog to be off the lead in a field with livestock without consideration to the consequences.
Even the most well trained dog can revert to basic instinct of chase. This stress alone can cause pregnant sheep to abort their young, even if the dog makes no physical contact with the sheep.
Help your community and don’t allow your dog to approach animals or people uninvited and where possible avoid anywhere there is livestock. Always keep your dog in sight and under proper control, ideally using a lead.