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26 April 2018John Logie Baird Innovation Hub - Taster events - 12th May

Helensburgh Community Council's vision for the John Logie Baird Innovation Hub is about to leave the launch pad.

On Saturday 12th May, HCC is holding two Taster Events in Helensburgh Library for potential users to introduce them to the Hub concept - see the agenda attached - what is on offer, and to get their reaction.

As well as start-ups, we are particularly keen to encourage:

  • women in business
  • naval spouses
  • RN retirees.  

All have an ambition to take on a new challenge and a determination to succeed, whether setting up a new business or taking the one they already have to a new level.  HCC is convinced that with the Innovation Hub they can get the support then need in taking that all-important first step.

26 April 2018Argyll & Bute Participatory Budgeting - ends 30th April!


The deadline is fast approaching for you to have your say on how money from A&BC's Supporting Communities Fund is spent.  To make your views count, visit http://abpb.argyll-bute.gov.uk and vote for which projects you would like to see funded.  Residents aged 16 and over can vote for as many projects as they like, up to the total value of funding available of £28,072 in Helensburgh and Lomond.

Helensburgh Community Council has two bids into the fund:

  • JLB INNOVATION HUB IN HELENSBURGH LIBRARY : for a Feasibility Study & Business Plan.
  • HELENSBURGH 20/20 : A Vision for a Town Embarking on Change, to create a Community Action Plan.

A user's guide to voting is attached.

Please vote before 30th April!

15 March 2018Putting the 'We' into Waterfront

The Waterfront Project to build a new swimming pool and leisure centre on the pierhead now looms large on the horizon and the first public consultation ‘drop-in’ on the subject takes place in Victoria Halls on Monday 26 March hosted by Argyll & Bute Council. This is in addition to the information panels with comment sheets available now in the Victoria Halls, the swimming pool and the library.  This consultation process is part of the statutory Pre-Application Consultation demanded by planning authorities.

However, overarching this process is the importance of the community in agreeing all aspects of the project such as the position of the building on the pier, the function and content of the building and the public realm issues, e.g. parking consequent on the construction.

The Waterfront team have acknowledged the importance of community involvement by noting in their strategy document:-

  • “... that the proposed development (must have) the widespread support of the local community, user groups and businesses.”
  • “The benefits of extensive and inclusive community consultation are fully recognized, as community support is ultimately essential to the success of the project. Community support and buy-in will ensure that the scheme to be delivered is one that is regarded as ‘fit-for-purpose’ and is one that meets community needs.”
  • members of the public (must) continue to have a genuine opportunity to express their views on the various elements…”

Those quoted extracts clearly indicate how important community input is to the to the legitimacy of the finished project. None of the pictorial designs and layout has been agreed. None is cast in stone. Therefore, all questions, suggestions and amendments have to be considered and evaluated by the design team. The community must take more control over what happens in the town. The more rigorous and challenging the process is, the more consensual an outcome which represents value for money.

We in the Community Council emphatically urge each member of the community to assume your civic responsibility and attend the session on the 26 March.

For further details of the plans and feedback process see, https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/helensburgh-waterfront


08 March 2018Nominations open for community council elections

Text taken directly from Argyll and Bute Council's press release published on 6th March:

If you care about what happens in your community and would like to have a role in developing its future, you are invited to find out about becoming a community councillor.

Nominations are invited between 6th and 22nd March for volunteers to serve as community councillors on Argyll and Bute’s 56 community councils.

Community Councils are the first or the “grass roots” tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They provide a link between local authorities and communities, and help ensure that public authorities are aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.

While their primary statutory purpose is to represent the views of their community to the local authority and other public bodies, most Community Councils also involve themselves in a wide range of other activities which might include fundraising for local projects, running community and educational events, or organising environmental projects.

To become a community councillor you must be a resident within the community council area you would like to join, and be on the Local Government Electoral Register.

You can find out more about becoming a community councillor at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/council-and-government/community-councils

28 February 2018Waterfront Development Plans Available - Feedback Requested

*** Correction 12/3/18 - the plans are viewable at the Library, not the Civic Centre. 

*** Correction 15/3/18 (further updated 17/3/18) - the 2nd consultation will be open 11am-7pm but the Marine Scotland consultation will be 9.30am-5.30pm that day)

Argyll & Bute Council have made public their plan for a new swimming pool building, sea defences and revised car park on the pierhead site.  As part of the current Pre-Application Consultation phase, in advance of the planning application submission in June, A&BC are seeking feedback from the community over the next 12 weeks.

The plans are available to view at Victoria Halls, the swimming pool and the Library, and also online at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/helensburgh-waterfront.  For ease of access, HCC have uploaded images of the eight PDF plans below - click on the thumbnails for a larger version.

Feedback can be given to A&BC via forms at the locations above, or to "Andrew Collins, Regeneration Project Manager, Argyll and Bute Council, Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, 38 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, G84 7PG", or by email to: andrew.collins@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

A&BC will also be running public drop-in sessions at which the plans will be available for viewing at Victoria Halls on the following dates:

  • Monday 26th March 2018     11am-7pm
  • Monday 30th April 2018       11am-7pm (and Marine Scotland Pre-Application consultation will be 9.30am-5.30pm that day, also in Victoria Halls)
  • Wednesday 14th May 2018   11am-7pm

Helensburgh Community Council strongly encourage the community to have a look at the plans and provide their feedback on this development at this stage.  This is another critical development in the ongoing transformation of Helensburgh, and everyone will want to have their input into the plans.

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