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Good quality air

Air quality in Argyll and Bute has been found to be of a high standard.

Monitoring by Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health team has found levels of pollutants well within national guidelines.

Councillor David Kinniburgh said: ‘Air quality standards can impact on health, which is why call Scottish councils have to regularly assess it.

‘Eight pollutants are tested for and I’m delighted we were well within the levels set down by the government for every one of them.’

Some of the pollutants are mainly from vehicle emissions. Testing for these is done at 10 different sites across Argyll and Bute and all show a steady or falling trend.

Up for award

Argyll and Bute Council’s inclusion of Community Benefits Clauses (CBC) in the contracts it awards has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious GO Sustainable Procurement Award – Local Authorities category.

The council’s initiative has seen positive socio-economic environmental impacts and helped increase employment, apprenticeships and work placement opportunities and other community benefits including, the use of Argyll and Bute-based contractors and suppliers, training for sub-contractors, education support initiatives, community enhancement projects and local sponsorship.

The GO Awards Scotland celebrate procurement excellence and innovation and are open to public, private and third sector organisations.

Winners will be announced at ceremony in Glasgow on October 25.

Vision agreed

A vision for achieving the best for children and young people has been set out in partnership between Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland.

The new Children and Young People’s Services Plan for 2017/20 is a commitment by the council and NHS Highland to improving the lives of all of our children and young people.

The plan sets out how children’s services in Argyll and Bute and should be delivered over the next three years.

Go to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/ICSP and read the full report at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites/ default/files/cyspsm.pdf

Roads deal

Argyll and Bute Council is to join forces with other local authorities on a project aimed at improving roads maintenance.

The deal will see eight councils work together and could include sharing staff, equipment and properties.

The aim is to use shared resources to enhance the council’s repair and maintenance service for the benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors, and to reduce costs.

It is to be called the Northern Roads Collaboration Forum and will include Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Comharlie nan Eilean Siar and Moray councils.

Funding input

Communities are to have a say in how an Argyll and Bute Council fund is spent.

Residents will be able to decide how the Supporting Communities Fund – which this year gave out £112,000 – is dispersed.

The fund is split equally between the four area committee areas – Oban, Lorn and the Isles, Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, Helensburgh and Lomond, and Bute and Cowal – with the committees deciding which projects are funded.

The council has been given Scottish Government funding to support this project with the Supporting Communities Fund.