Argyll and Bute ‘savings’ feedback to go public

Argyll and Bute Council's Lochgilphead HQ.
Argyll and Bute Council's Lochgilphead HQ.

The results of a public consultation on Argyll and Bute Council’s ‘savings options’ will be made public at the end of this month.

The findings of the controversial ‘Planning Our Future’ consultation will be presented to the council’s policy and resources committee on February 4, and made publicly available a week before the meeting - on Friday, January 29.

That committee meeting takes place a week before the full council holds its annal budget-setting meeting, on February 11; it is likely that the ruling administration’s final list of recommendations on which council services should be stopped or reduced will be published a week in advance of the latter meeting.

More than a thousand people replied to the consultation online, more than a thousand gave views via the council’s Citizens Panel, more than three hundred responded through its Third Sector Interface partners, more than 60 took time to attend focus groups, and more than 60 replied on paper copies of the survey.

In addition others chose to give their views via email or letter.

Council leader Dick Walsh said: “Thank you to everyone who took time to give us their views. There are difficult decisions ahead. We want to work with our communities in reaching the right decisions so hearing the views of so many people is welcome.”