The Dunoon Project……….


……….What’s in it for you??


The Dunoon Bid team invites you to what promises to be a fascinating evening in the Queen’s Hall.  Michael Russell MSP will interview in front of a live audience, national outdoor event organiser Frazer Coupland of No Fuss Events, Keith Holdt of Equity Impact Partners and multiple world mountain biking champion Greg Minnaar.

Michael will explore why these key people are backing Dunoon and the Project and importantly ‘what’s in it for us’, the community of Dunoon and beyond.

You will also get the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Are you at school or college, in work, looking for work, running a business? All are welcome to come along and get involved.

Queens Hall 7pm Saturday 28 September (doors and bar open 6.30pm).

The evening is free but please reserve your seat by logging onto:  https://gregminnaarindunoon.eventbrite.co.uk/

alternatively you can register at the Queens Hall


You are all welcome and those interested in the general prosperity of the area should find this a compelling event, one not to miss. Not often we get a multiple world champion in Dunoon!

Renewi are undertaking some essential re-surfacing works on Bogleha Civic Amenity Site.

To ensure the safety of customers the site be closed:

On Tuesday 23rd July and Wednesday 24th July.

The site will be open again from 0900 on Thursday 25th July.

Renewi would like to thank customers for their patience while this work is completed, and to apologise to customers for any inconvenience.

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Sadly we have had to say goodbye to one of the most inspirational and caring ladies who gave many years of work and support to Ardentinny. Val Kennedy passed away on June 1st after a long illness. A memorial service and private funeral was held on Monday 10th June and was attended by the many many people who knew and respected her. 

As a convener of Ardentinny Community Council for around 20 years, she was a dedicated and fair leader who gave her time and energy to the post with humour and professionalism. Despite her failing health she continued through some difficult situations when many others would have given up. She will be sadly missed, not only by the Community Council but by her many friends who are enriched by knowing this inspirational woman.


Ardentinny Community Council






There now is an email address which can be used for two-way contact between residents and the Community Council.


This will not only allow the village to make easy contact with the CC but will also allow those who join our mailing list quick access to news of what is going on (this may be particularly relevent re the fish farm planning application).


If you would like to be kept up to date with the activities of the Community Council please emailardentinnycc@gmail.com and ask to be included in the mailing list.


If you would like to be removed from the list at any time, please email and let us know.

Developing a Regional Marine Plan for the Clyde

Drop in Session
Tuesday 7th May
5.30pm to 9.30pm
Dunoon Burgh Hall
The Clyde Regional Marine Plan aims to address environmental, social and economic issues related to the coastal and marine environment.

Find out more about marine planning in the Clyde Marine Region, and give your views during this drop-in session..Refreshments will be served.



BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, are currently undertaking a programme of essential carriageway resurfacing and other improvements across the North West Trunk Road Network.


The attached consultation letter provides further information on the work we have carried out to date and our plans for the remainder of 2019/20. Within this you will find a link to our interactive map. This will provide scheme specific details such as, traffic management type, timings and scheme value. Please note that this programme will be updated on a monthly basis and the latest version can be viewed by visiting http://bit.ly/BEARNWProgramme.


If you require any further information or would like to comment on any of the proposals you can do so by email to NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk.


Sean Robertson EngTech MICE

Assistant Roads Manager (South)

BEAR Scotland | North West Unit


Visit us @ www.bearscot.com



A proposal was received by Ardentinny Community Council by a company called Dawnfresh who wish to develop a Trout Farm south of Ardentinny. The Community Council have arranged an open meeting with representatives from Dawnfresh to give the residents the opportunity to discuss this and find out more. It will be held on Monday 11th March at 7pm in Ardentinny Village Hall. We hope you will come along and give your views and opinions.








On Monday evening the Ardentinny Community Council held their first meeting for 8 months. The meeting gave the opportunity for the Convener, Neil Robinson to introduce the new committee. 

The minute of the April meeting was adopted before going through the agenda which included a thank you to the outgoing committee and his hope that the existing committee can do as much for the village. 

The updates from some other Ardentinny Groups were given. They included Ardentinny Renewables Trust, Ardentinny Community Trust and Ardentinny Conservation Group. 

Neil informed that Marian Norris is willing to be co-opted onto the CC at the next meeting.  As volunteer minute taker, Eileen Connell will do this plus update the website and facebook. 

Details of the meeting will be included in the minute of the meeting when available. 


I just want to extend a big thank you to all the people who worked together to make the Festive Lunch a success on Friday 14th December


The event has developed from a collaboration between many of the groups along the Shore Villages and is part of the development of a shore collaboration which grew from meeting that was held in September 2017. Since then we have managed to develop a communities calendar and a The Shore  Directory of all the groups we have here locally .


For the lunch I would like to thank:


The Ardentinny Conservation and Heritage group and in particular Eileen and Marian who made the home-made soup using the ingredients provided by Ardentinny Community Council and the soup kettles which were loaned by Ardentinny Hall. Jo Carr organised the table decorations.


From Ardentinny, Sandra, Sadie and Roslyn who organised the successful tombola table


Blairmore Village Trust whose volunteers (Bridget, Ann, Gordon, Pat Moira, Iain and Cathie ) made the sandwiches using Blairmore Village Hall (who also provided the shortbread and table napkins) and Agnes who made the menu cards for each table.


The Hub, who meets at Blairmore Hall, provided the sparkling non-alcoholic wine which provided to be a big hit with everyone


Ardentinny Community Trust, who provided a stack of mince pies for everyone.


Lorraine, Mandy and Brian who provided the tea, milk and juice.


The Younger Hall, especially Russell and Helen who opened and prepared the hall in the morning.


A big thanks also to Kilmun Community Council, who, for the most part co-ordinated the event and Brian who was MC and Diane and me who helped with the raffle, serving, clearing up etc. A thanks too to Bob, our new National Park representative who donated, supported and helped us all with the event.


The Festive Lunch is self funded from the raffle and Tombola and this year we had terrific donations from many of our local business and individuals. We would like to extend a big thank you to:

Blairmore Gallery

The Strone Inn

Strone Post Office

Benmore and Kilmun Development Trust

The Wee Butcher,

Baileyfield Self catering

Iain and Catriona Darroch

And many individual residents who sourced and donated raffle prizes.


Lastly but certainly not least, a big thank you to the fiddler group for the music to keeping us entertained and to the children of Strone Primary who delighted and entertained us with their singing (and of course their teachers and helpers who made it happen!)


The funds that are left over are being carried over to next year’s lunch and to invest in,  for instance new table clothes, that can be used not only for the festive lunch but an be requested for other events that the halls may have. 


Wishing everyone a great Christmas and a Happy New Year 


Janet Holm












Ardentinny Community Council will have their first meeting with their new members on Monday 17th December at 7.30 in Ardentinny Village Hall.





As you are aware, at the moment there is no Ardentinny Community Council. Another bi-election will be held in the hope that people will come forward to form a CC. It has been confirmed that the election process will commence on 21st August with the posting of the Notice of Election. This means that nominations will open on 22nd August, closing on 6th September (at 4pm). The period of nomination will avoid School holidays as this has caused some concerns in the past.

The timetable now agreed is:

Wednesday 1 August 2018 Register in force

Tuesday 21 August 2018 Publication of Notice of Election

Thursday 6 September 2018 (4.00pm) Close of Nominations and withdrawal of Nomination Paper

Thursday 13 September 2018 Notice of Poll (if election contested)

Notice of Uncontested Election (if election uncontested)

Thursday 20 September 2018 Issue of Postal Ballot Papers

Thursday 4 October 2018 Election Day

Final Date for Receipt of Postal Ballot Papers

Friday 5 October 2018 Count of Votes




Sad to say that only 3 people put in nomination papers to enable Ardentinny Community Council to continue. We only needed one more person which is a shame. A lot of hard work has been done by previous community council members over the years and it is an important forum for liasing with other agencies to try to keep on top of issues which affect our village. 
There is a meeting of A&B council 0n 28th June when the matter will be discussed. One option would be that the CC is mothballed and another is that the boundaries are changed and Ardentinny will join with another CC.




The C3 - Ardentinny to Whistlefield  single track road, north of Dunoon, will be closed until at least lunch time tomorrow (Saturday) due to snow and an abandoned vehicle which is causing an obstruction.
Please drive carefully - many of our rural roads are precarious.

Message Sent By
Donald MacKay (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dumbartonshire)




11 June 2017Briefing from IJB 31st May 2017

ARGYLL AND BUTE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PARTNERSHIP “People in Argyll and Bute will live longer, healthier, happier, independent lives” INTEGRATION JOINT BOARD BRIEFING This briefing provides a summary of the main agenda items and subsequent decisions from the Integration Joint Board (IJB) meeting on the 31st May 2017. Full papers for the meeting are available on the websites of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council and also via this link – www.tinyurl.com/jmpwjp5 We hope you find this briefing useful and welcome any comments and feedback, please direct them to davidritchie@nhs.net

Item 4 Approval of Draft Minute of Integration Joint Board 29.03.17 and Action Plan Decision The minute from the meeting was approved by the IJB Item

5.1a) Freedom of Information Compliance – Publication Scheme for Approval The IJB is subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and has a duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which sets out the information that it publishes proactively and how to access it.

Decision The IJB noted the content of the report and the production of the publication scheme

Item 5.1b) Review of Information Sharing Protocol Argyll and Bute Council & NHS Highland entered into an Information Sharing Protocol in April 2016 to regulate the sharing of information between both organisations as part of the integration of health and social care. The scheme of integration required a review of the Protocol after one year and that review has now been completed.

Decision The IJB noted the terms of the report

Item 5.2 Elected member representation on IJB Audit and Clinical & Care Governance Committees Following the Local Government Elections and the subsequent changes to elected member representation on the IJB there is a requirement to appoint new members to the Audit Committee and Clinical & Care Governance Committee.

Decision The IJB: • noted the changes in membership of the IJB and the impact on representation on the Audit Committee and Clinical & Care Governance Committee • appointed Cllr Jim Anderson and Cllr Kieron Green as the two elected member representatives to the Audit Committee, with Cllr Anderson being appointed to the position of vice-chair • appointed Cllr Kieron Green as the one elected member representative to the Clinical & Care Governance Committee Item

5.3 Care at Home – New Model of Care Uptake Allen Stevenson, Head of Adult Services (East) informed the IJB that Argyll and Bute Council on behalf of the HSCP has a requirement to commission care at home services which are delivered across all localities. The Council currently contracts with 15 providers of care at home services for older people, totalling 11,200 hours per week, to 850 Service users and a spend of approx £9.9m per year. He added that the market for these services can be challenging with the most rural areas particularly difficult to service and work is ongoing to make packages in these areas more efficient and more sustainable for providers. Work is underway in 3 out of the 4 localities to implement a new model of homecare which is outcome focused and not restricted by times and tasks with services delivered in mapped areas reducing travel time and freeing up capacity for the sector. The IJB noted the progress recorded with the implementation of the new model of care for care at home services

Item 5.4 Living Wage Update Caroline Whyte, Chief Financial Officer, informed the IJB that in 2016-17 the Scottish Government allocated additional funding to HSCPs to allow them to support Adult Care Providers who employ care workers to pay the Scottish Living Wage from 1 October 2016. The Scottish Living Wage rate increased to £8.45 per hour from 1 May 2017 and there is a requirement to carry out further negotiations with providers around an appropriate rate uplift. She added that the Scottish Government earmarked funding of £100m to HSCPs in 2017-18 to fund the costs and the HSCP Argyll and Bute share of this is £1.820m. The estimated cost of the implementation of the Living Wage for 2017-18 is £2.391m, a shortfall of £0.571m.

Decision The IJB: • noted the requirement to offer commissioned care providers an appropriate inflationary uplift to support them to meet the increase in the Scottish Living Wage from £8.25 to £8.45 per hour from 1 May 2017 • noted the 2.8% increase in care home placement fees agreed by COSLA which is to be implemented from 10 April 2017 • agreed to delegate authority to the Chief Officer to negotiate and agree an inflationary uplift for non-residential care providers from 1 May 2017, provided the total cost does not exceed the total of £2.391m provided for in the budget.

Item 5.5 Struan Lodge Redesign Allen Stevenson, Head of Adult Services (East), informed the IJB that the original proposal for the redesign of Struan Lodge cannot proceed at this time as the current bed capacity is required to maintain the availability of local care home placements. He added that work needs to continue to develop a re-design plan that addresses the need to shift the balance of care and release resources to develop services that will meet the future needs of adults and older people across Cowal. A re-design group will therefore be set up to develop the model of care that fits with the key objectives of the strategic plan and the group will include staff, community reps, Trade unions, the Struan Lodge Development Group and other key stakeholders. A further report will come back to the IJB in March 2018 detailing the final recommendations of the group.

Decision The IJB: • noted that additional time to consider a strategy report by Struan Lodge Development Group has allowed constructive discussions with the Chair of the group to take place relating to the strategy • noted further consideration within this report of the key themes that emerged from the engagement events • noted the operational issues that have emerged since the original proposal • agreed the original proposal to cease 24 hour care cannot proceed at this time • noted additional work relating to the re-design of services across Cowal will be undertaken between June 2017 and February 2018. This will include further engagement events with communities to build on the work undertaken to date. • noted a further report will be presented to the IJB in March 2018

Item 5.6 Clinical & Care Governance and Infection Prevention & Control Complaints - Following a national review the model complaints procedure for social work & the model complaints procedure for the NHS was introduced on 1 April 2017. Falls prevention - Emergency admissions due to falls are one of the Indicators that the HSCP has to report on annually. Recent HSCP figures show a decrease for people over 65yrs admitted due to falls and the rate for over 85s is also showing a reduction. Infection control - In January, Auchinlee Care Home experienced an outbreak of norovirus and from 1st-13th March Struan Lodge was closed to admissions due to an outbreak of influenza A. Both outbreaks were managed with the assistance of the Health Protection Team in Inverness who have responsibility for managing infection outbreaks in community settings.

Decision The IJB noted the report, the risks identified and the risk management plans

Item 5.7 Public Health Report Elaine Garman, Public Health Specialist, informed the IJB that the report this month covers the early years of childhood and in particular child development, immunisation, breast feeding, parenting and oral health. All are important aspects of our service and programme delivery within the HSCP. She added that early years interventions are some of the most effective public health programmes and that inequalities are apparent in this age range but are also amenable to change through targeted work.

Decision The IJB noted the content of the report

Item 5.8 Performance Report Stephen Whiston, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance, presented the latest update on the performance of the HSCP against the national health and wellbeing outcomes. These outcomes focus on improving the experiences and quality of services for people using those services. The report focused on two outcomes: 1) Resources are used effectively in the provision of health and social care services 2) Customer services performance The Board noted that of the 21 indicators, 16 were on track and 5 were off track and the Board also noted the exception report provided which detailed the action in hand to rectify performance against these indicators. The Board also noted that the additional targets for 2017/18, which the HSCP had to meet, are as follows: • Reducing emergency admissions by 10% by March 2018 • Reducing total emergency admissions occupied bed days by between 1-10%. by March 2018 • Reducing delayed discharges occupied bed days by 10% by March 2018 Information was in the process of being validated and agreed at Locality level and a report would be brought back to the next IJB performance report.

Decision The IJB: • noted the HSCP performance against the national outcomes for Quarter 4 • noted the actions identified to address deficiencies in performance

Item 5.9 Staff Governance Report Stephen Whiston, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance, updated the IJB on the staff governance issues the HSCP and respective employers are addressing to: • Support staff in their work and development. • Assess workforce performance and identify issues • Establish staff partnership and trade union relationship and operation • Ensure compliance with terms and condition and employing policies • Adopt best practice from both employers • Identify service change implications for the workforce & compliance with above

Decision The IJB noted the content of the report

Item 5.10a) Budget Monitoring 2016-17 Year-end Caroline Whyte, Chief Financial Officer, updated the IJB on the financial position of the Integrated Budget at the end of financial year 2016-17. The outturn position is an overall underspend of £0.479m, this consists of an underspend in health services of £0.703m, partly offset by an overspend in Council services of £0.224m. There was a shortfall in delivery of the £8.5m of savings outlined in the Quality and Finance Plan with £3.6m of savings not delivered during 2016-17. This shortfall was offset by non-recurring underspends in services, the implementation of a financial recovery plan and a moratorium on non-essential spend. As per the Scheme of Integration the IJB may retain any underspend to build up reserves and the underspend will be allocated to reserves resulting in a closing reserve balance of £0.479m. The recommendation is to earmark £0.451m of this underspend to reinstate unspent SGHD specific project funds from 2016-17, this will allow the cost pressure included in the budget outlook to be reduced and will reduce the remaining budget gap for 2017-18.

Decision The IJB: • noted the overall Integrated Budget Monitoring report for financial year 2016-17 and the overall underspend of £0.479m • approved the earmarking of the £0.451m of reserves to fund the re-instatement of project funds from 2016-17 to be spent during 2017-18 • approved the updated directions to NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council finalising the financial allocations to deliver services in 2016-17

Item 5.10b) Updated Quality and Finance Plan 2017-18 to 2018-19 Caroline Whyte, Chief Financial Officer, noted that the IJB approved the Quality and Finance Plan for 2017-18 & 2018-19 on 29 March 2017 and at that time there was a remaining budget gap of £2.8m for 2017-18 and a further £5.6m for 2018-19, a total of £8.4m across the two years. This resulted in a requirement for further work to identify additional savings or cost reductions to ensure a balanced budget position. She added that work has been taking place to identify additional service changes and potential areas where cost and demand pressures can be reduced to improve the budget gap and there is now a remaining unidentified budget gap of £2.0m in 2017-18 and a further £4.1m in 2018-19, a total of £6.1m. It has been particularly difficult to identify service changes in the timescale that would be in line with the strategic objectives and priorities of the IJB. The main changes that have improved the financial position are the impact of the favourable year-end outturn for 2016-17, an overall reduction in cost and demand pressures, a small increase on the savings deliverable and potential new service changes deliverable in 2017-18. The remaining budget gap of £2.0m for 2017-18 is proposed to be managed in two ways: 1) ongoing negotiations with NHS GG&C to agree the SLA value for Acute Health Services and 2) ongoing efficiency savings to be managed by services in-year. An approach and timeline for addressing the remaining budget gap in 2018-19 will be brought to the IJB in August.

Decision The IJB: • noted the impact of the proposed amendments to the budget outlook position, the review of cost and demand pressures and increased savings • noted the overall update to the budget outlook position and resulting budget gap for 2017-18 of £10.1m and 2018-19 of £8.4m, a cumulative total of £18.5m • noted the remaining budget gap of £2.0m and £4.1m, a total of £6.1m across the remaining two years of the Strategic Plan • approved the updated Quality and Finance Plan for 2017-18 to 2018-19 • approved the approach to achieving financial balance for 2017-18 which includes potential savings from the NHS GG&C Acute Services SLA and the remainder from in-year identified service efficiencies • approved the delegation to the Chief Officer to issue Directions to Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland in relation to financial allocations for 2017-18

Item 5.10c) Audit Committee Minutes 14 December 2016 The IJB was asked to note the Audit Committee minutes Decision The IJB noted the minutes Item 5.11 Chief Officer Report The Chief Officer briefed the IJB on the following: • Alex Taylor has been appointed as Head of Service for Children, Families and Criminal Justice • the launch of the excellence awards for nurses and midwives • the Care Summit held in Oban on 22 May • the 1000 Voices Community Resilience work supported by the HSCP • the Child Protection Committee and the HSCP launched a new pathway and protocol for children, parents and carers affected by parental mental ill health. • Argyll Community Housing Association was recently presented with their Healthy Working Lives Gold Award • a New Day Case Unit is to be developed on Islay • The HSCP is working with the Helensburgh Advertiser and Oban Times to develop a series of regular features highlighting the work of the HSCP The Chief Officer also asked Allen Stevenson, Head of Adult Services (East), and Stephen Whiston, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance, to provide the IJB with a verbal update on the current situation with regard to the provision of GP out of hours services from the Vale of Leven Hospital and how the HSCP would be involved in NHS GG&C’s review of this service. Decision The IJB noted the Chief Officer Report

Item 5.12 Annual Performance Report (verbal) The IJB was informed that the Annual Performance Report was currently being compiled, now that quarter 4 data and year end financial position was finalised, and it would be published in July Decision The IJB noted the update For Information - The IJB is the governance Board of the HSCP and has responsibility for the planning, resourcing and overseeing of the operational delivery of integrated services. The membership of the IJB comprises elected councillors from Argyll and Bute Council, NHS High

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