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Argyll and Bute Council Budget

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Councillors met at Kilmory this morning, Thursday February 22, to finalise the budget for 2018/19.


And - for the public’s convenience - no toilets are being closed.

The proposal had been to cut off 37 of the council’s toilets.

Now the council will progress with ‘sustainable models’ including turnstiles and franchising and work towards establishing simpler asset transfer.

Also saved from the chop was the Road Safety Unit, which has a new role - possibly in the light of recent parking issues at Kirn Primary School - to ‘prioritise measures to make travel to school safer/more child friendly and reduce congestion at the school gate’.

Another cut too far regarded the service redesign of environmental health services, making better use of IT and focusing on the council’s statutory duties. The savings would have meant the loss of two jobs.

However, substantial increases to the cost of providing food export certificates and licences for various premises, including cinemas and animal boarding establishments was approved.

Council tax, as fully expected, also went up- by three per cent.

The budget also prioritised roads, social care and customer services, and a £725,000 cut to the health budget was dropped. Over £15million will be invested over the next two years following the decision to prioritise roads and footpaths network improvements, including an extra £8million added to the roads capital plan.

Council leader, Cllr Aileen Morton, said: “We feel that this massive cash injection for roads, along with the other investments we want to make in our communities, is as vital as it is significant.”

She reiterated at the meeting what she told the Standard on Monday this week - that the allocation from the Scottish Government was ‘not quite as disastrous as we feared’.

Full budget report will be in the Standard’s edition of March 2.

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