Spring has sprung

Daffodils in Spring

Spring has sprung

We’ve been enjoying some beautiful weather over the last week and it finally feels like spring has sprung. Lambs are being born, daffodils are blooming, and Easter eggs are everywhere, although in fairness I think Easter eggs have been on supermarket shelves since at least Boxing Day. I do love this time of year though. I love seeing everything coming back to life after the dark winter months – it projects a feeling of hope, of new beginnings.

Covid restrictions are starting to lift and, while we still need to be careful, it’s important that you find time to do the things that make you happy, the things that create a positive mind-set. For me that’s definitely walking and enjoying the great outdoors but it could be anything from sitting down to read a book, catching up with friends or playing sport. It’s more important than ever that we appreciate the little things in life that we so often take for granted.

Empty Home Awards

Talking about positive things happening, our Empty Homes Team excelled at this year’s Scottish Empty Homes Conference, walking away with the coveted ‘Outstanding Team Award’.

The team does a fantastic job reviving empty homes across Argyll and Bute and is an asset, not only to the council, but also to the whole area. Well done everyone.

UK Community Renewal Funding

This brings me onto this week’s podcast. I caught up with Mary Louise Howat, one of our Senior Development Officers in the Economic Development and Growth team, about some exciting Argyll and Bute projects that have recently been successful in receiving UK Community Renewal Funding, part of the UK Government’s levelling up agenda. Listen out for the guest appearance of Mary Louise’s dog Heidi!

Have a lovely weekend.