Wednesday, May 26, 2004BUTE HOSTS MEETING OF MAJOR FUNDING BODY - Darrell Wood @ 11:44 GMT
Argyll and Bute Council is today hosting a meeting of the Highlands and Islands Special Transitional Programme Monitoring Committee in Rothesay Pavilion.
The Committee comprises members of the European Commission, the Scottish Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, local authorities, Visitscotland, and the voluntary and business sectors.
This Committee oversees the €319m European funding Programme for the Programme for the Highlands and Islands 2000-2006, and has seen grants to a range of Argyll and Bute sponsored projects since the beginning of the Programme in 2000. These include £1.66m for the Port Askaig Ferry Terminal, £1.5m for the Campbeltown Community Project and over £2m for the Argyll Integrated Waste Management Scheme.
Friday, May 14, 2004PROPERTY MARKET BUOYANT ON ISLE OF BUTE - Darrell Wood @ 11:09 GMT
Things are happening on Bute!
An article in this week's "The Buteman" highlights the increased activity in Bute's property market.
This goes to prove again that "Bute is the Island for all Reasons"
For more information regarding property, and Estate Agents, on Bute you can go to our "Housing & Property" page.
Monday, May 10, 2004CONFERENCE HEARS OF BENEFITS TO BUTE OF WINNING “BEAUTIFUL SCOTLAND IN BLOOM” AWARD - Darrell Wood @ 10:18 GMT
Argyll and Bute Council has hosted this year’s annual conference of the “Scottish Centre of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management”. The event was recently held in Rothesay Pavilion, Isle of Bute.
Councillor Len Scoullar made a presentation to delegates, who had travelled from all over Scotland, on the benefits to the island arising from the “Beautiful Scotland in Bloom” Medium Town Award presented in 2003 by “Keep Scotland Beautiful”.
He said, “We created a working group calling itself “Buteiful Blooms” to co-ordinate our effort. The main aim was not to win an award, but to promote a sense of civic pride. I have no doubt that this was achieved. For example, the local community have all been involved and this has built on an already strong sense of community on the island. People felt that their efforts, whether large or small, had achieved this win.
“There has been an increased profile for both Rothesay and Bute as a result of winning this competition. I don’t think you would all be here if we hadn’t had an increased profile, and now that you have been here, I hope you will all come back. If we have an increase in the number of people visiting the island then it will obviously mean benefits to the local economy which depends a great deal on tourism.”
Councillor Scoullar continued, “ Through winning the award there has been an increased interest in the island by a number of groups and agencies. The various community groups active on Bute have been able to access external funding to develop their projects. Argyll and Bute Council has also shown its commitment to the island by allocating Capital Funding to a total refurbishment of Ardencraig Gardens, which are much frequented by tourists.
Thursday, May 06, 2004WEATHER SMILES ON THE 17th ISLE OF BUTE JAZZ FESTIVAL - Darrell Wood @ 11:11 GMT
The tradition of glorious weather for the Annual Isle of Bute Jazz Festival was continued this past weekend as thousands of jazz fans moved from venue to venue, enjoying their particular choices of performances from an impressive selection of well-known jazz artists.
The usual "Umbrella Parade", led by dozens of musicians playing the full range of jazz instruments, and moving to the direction of Jenny Brown, was a kaleidoscope of colours in the brilliant sunshine. It started in Guildford Square, then proceeded down Montague Street, and ended up in front of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, where the crowds were treated to a marvellous informal jazz session.
Such was the demand from visiting jazz enthusiasts that Caledonian MacBrayne laid on the much bigger-than-usual ferry, "Lord of the Isles" to provide extra passenger capacity. The general consensus among all involved in the festival is that it was a great success, and organisers and fans are already looking forward to next year's event.
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More details of this year's event are provided on the Jazz Festival's website: www.butejazz.com/jazz.htm
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