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Visitors to Perth on the weekend of 18-19 August are in for a treat, with the International Youth Band Festival and Perth City Salute showcasing musical talent from around the world in fantastic free events for all the family.

The Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership and LEAD Scotland have introduced a new digital project called 'TEC for Change' designed to help people to live independently.

Councillors will hear at the next Lifelong Learning Committee on Wednesday 22 August 2018 that kinship carers in Perth and Kinross are vital to keeping local children and young people within their own families and communities and out of the care system.

The Lifelong Learning Committee will be asked to consider a proposed statutory consultation for Abernyte Primary School, as part of the Council's ongoing review of its school estate, at its next meeting on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

The next meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee on Wednesday 22 August 2018 will hear about progress on a major transformation project for Perth & Kinross Council's Education and Children's Services, designed to remodel current residential care provision.

Perth and Kinross, and particularly Perthshire, is known for its woodlands and forested areas. Some 16% of the total land area is covered with trees - part of the reason, undoubtedly, why it has become known as 'Big Tree Country'. However, aside from the scenic landscapes and natural beauty, the area's forestry sector continues to grow, and while this provides clear economic benefits, it also presents issues for local communities, visitors and road users.

We know that being a parent can be a tough job and has its highs and lows! Sometimes our children don't behave the way we would want them to and we don't do or say the things we would like. This can cause lots of stress and arguments in the family and isn't much fun for anybody.

Tourism is a key driver in the economy of Perth and Kinross - with an estimated value of £500m annually to the area. A significant strength of tourism locally is the events sector - with an established and diverse calendar covering sport, art, music and culture, food and drink, and more.

There are many challenges for children who are about to become teenagers, and for their parents or carers. To provide support to young people and their families, Perth & Kinross Council's Strengthening Families Programme will again be offering free evening sessions over a seven-week period at various locations across the local area, starting later this month (August 2018).

A key element of the new business plan for Perth Harbour, considered by Councillors in late 2017, came into place on 1 July 2018, with CalMac Ferries Ltd taking on the day to day running of the facility under a five-year contract.

In 2017, Perth & Kinross Council collected 9,776 tonnes of household recycling from blue bins. Recycling at home can seem confusing, however in Perth and Kinross, householders with a blue bin can recycle all their paper; cardboard, cartons, plastic pots, tubs and trays, tins and cans.

Perth & Kinross Council Waste Service's 'Waste Less Save More' project is an ambitious project run in partnership with NHS Tayside, local community groups, the Council's Housing teams and Adult Education services as well as local housing associations.

Perth & Kinross Council intends to carry out essential roads maintenance, starting on Monday 23 July 2018, on the A911 in Scotlandwell, from Bishopshire Golf Club to approximately 50 metres south of the junction of Leslie Road.

Perth & Kinross Council would advise that Perth Crematorium will close temporarily on Mondays and Tuesdays from mid-August 2018 for approximately 10 weeks, while work is carried out on the building's outer walls.

Due to overwhelming demand Perth & Kinross Council in partnership with David Anderson Marine and the Tay and Earn Trust are adding further excursions to their programme of boat trips from Broughty Ferry to Perth. Due to the popularity of the boat trips additional sailings are being offered in September and October.

Communities in the Strathearn and Strathallan areas of Perth and Kinross are being invited to play their part in tackling local inequalities and improving life for residents through a forthcoming Local Action Partnership (LAP) participatory budgeting (PB) event.

Perth & Kinross Licensing Board is carrying out a public consultation as part of a review of its Licensing Policy Statement.