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or ferryman: So why did no business tender to supply a vehicle service? This can only be because its potential profitablity is doubted seriously by the investment market.
Re the two new experimental’green’boats CMAL is building at Ferguson’s, someone at the meeting asked this same question of Archie Ferguson, CEO of David McBrayne Ltd.
Mr Ferguson said that these are small boats (we understand they are designed for the short Raasay/Skye route, an underpopularted area). He described them as muchg the same as the boat form Colintraive to Rhobodach on Bute. This size would clearly be neither a functional nor an economic proposition on the Dunoon Gourock route.
For reasons of space, we were unable virtually to minute the meeting in the article, but this is information you may like to have.
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- OFFICIAL CORRECTION OF INFORMATION ON THIS POST.
We have unequivocal official information from Argyll Ferries that this incident is a complete fabrication. It never happened.
This alarmist claim is therefore, according to the company, utterly untrue and the propagation of such material cannot be other than mischievous.
If there are people with first hand experience of the alleged incident and possibly mobile phone photographs who wish to contradict this, they should make that known and we will communicate it to the company.
- For ferryman: Please just read what we actually say.
We said nothing about Sandbank Marina – we simply said that Mr MacDonald’s attitude is exemplary in its readiness to address the real and immediate issue – and that his careful description of the waters in the Holy Loch made us grin.
- For Grant MacDonald: ‘The core issue is here and now. What will fix it? Quickly?’ This is a great attitude and this is what needs to be addressed – quickly.
And your description of the Holy Loch as ‘not as exciting as the estuary proper’ gave us the best grin of the day. Thanks.
- For Bill Jardine; This is a level of dishonesty unworthy of your previous record and you do Dunboon no favours by taking this very easy option, offe3ring it succour to stay in the rut it has got itself stuck in.
From a comfortable distance, you are happy to support the complacent irrational whingeing that will take Dunoon nowhere.
Form being here, in the middle of it, we are willing to risk audiences to put the real interests of the town first in putting an evidenced but unpopular set of perspectives for it to consider.
While you and we may often disagree, we would have expected more intellectual engagement and, frankly, more balls than this from you.
Nothing we have said is ‘biased’ and nothing is about supporting the SNP or not . We have been swingeingly and unequivocally critical of the SNP administration that has brought about the present mess – and arguably more mercilessly so than any.
What we are saying is based on economic and functional logic with observation of data that was there for everyone to see on Thursday night – which we recorded and, in analysing it after the event, came to realise what interesting dynamic changes it showed.
- For Campbell Cowan: For Argyll does not dislike Dunoon but is exasperated by its apparent inability to look at what it needs to do to make itself an attractive and worthwhile place for visitors – and to get on with it.
Ferrying cars to the ‘centre’ of a place with frankly little to offer is ferrying in those with the means to move on – and they did.
Ferrying in foot passengers is delivering hostages with no means of escape – and, brutally, this is Dunoon’s best bet commercially until it gets its act together.
Of all of Argyll’s major towns, Dunoon is the noisiest in complaining and the one evidently least minded to help itself. The town has real assets (all of which need serious work) but – except for the Burgh Hall project (which has an external engine) – but is showing no will to recast itself to develop these.
The magnificent pier has been left to rot with no voting threats to protect it.
The Queen’s Hall is still standing.
The ‘town centre’ is an obstructive mess, with ‘traffic calmers’ and a peppering of bollards and posts of all kinds. Driving and walking through it is a positively unpleasant and untranquil experience.
The esplanade is – what exactly?
The road system around the pier and ferries area is such a shapeless desert it is utterly indecipherable to drivers from elsewhere.
Similarly, the road system at and beyond the McColls Hotel building is incoherent.
The potentially attractive and charming hill streets beyond the pier, which could become a lively inner village, go unrecognised in their potential and, of course, undeveloped..
There is a serious crime problem, much of it imported with crime families from Clydebank – drugs, knives and guns – which manifests itself in anti-social and violent behaviour in the evenings, in parts of the town visitors might otherwise like to be around at that time of day.
Overall, the town is tired, jaded, shapeless, visually resistant to interest, sometimes threatening and short of enough first class retail and service opportunities to attract and retain visitors.
Dunoon has had councillors leading Argyll and Bute for a long time now, yet they are regularly and unquestioningly voted back despite the shape the town is in. There has been no integrated, intelligent, strategic envisioning and planning for the economic development and the future of this important town.
If Dunoon buys promises rather than delivery and is not interested in doing anything other than continually demanding the sort of ferry service it does not need, there is little anyone else can do for it.
And that should underpin just why Dunoon exasperates us.
The entire Cowal peninsula badly needs Dunoon to shape up because it is needed as the economic engine of the area – and that is its responsibility.
Nothing would be so energising and nothing as much fun as seeing Dunoon gather the will to reshape itself strategically for a prosperous future. If there were evidence of that, Dunoon would find For Argyll amongst its most vigorous and inventive supporters.
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- Serenissima waits for higher tide – and she has had earlier identities
We are, of course aware of that.
Watching at the time, what we saw her do was make marked changes of course over a short distance, some times at 90 degrees and at one point turning through 180 degrees three times in a row.
While some of this could have swinging to tide and current, the repetitions did seem to suggest controlled activity.
And it was only when she settled that her AIS recorded ‘At Anchor.’
- Update on SNP meeting
As we have said, the potential Holyrood candidate offered support for SNP selection against Mr Mackenzie, as we reported,is not a political figure – and that includes Mr Allan, who is certainly one such.
We will identify the person concerned when selection time comes around but not until then. Until that point, it is not the person offered the goodie bag who matters, it is the easy use of the patronage of the pork barrel to buy obligation where it might be personally useful – and the continuing failure of loyalties.
Councillor Semple is certainly much more experienced than Councillor Taylor and has held a range of senior responsibilities.
The ‘why not’ question is one for the party and it would be interesting to know the answer.
Councillor Semple is apparently to be given the Economic Development brief – which would be far more personally developmental than trying to lead, with no authority whatsoever, in the current circumstances, with party control now at the level of ‘submission of intent in advance and sign-off – or not’.
- Good news from salmon farming sector: Marine Harvest breaks ranks and seeks ASC certification
The ‘end of the decade’ limitation is germane and explain why S&TAS rightly gave the news no more than a qualified welcome.
It is as admission that change is necessary, though – so it’s important to push for that to be sooner rather than at the end of 2019. There is no reason why it should not be.
- Update on SNP meeting
The fact that Mr Allan was asked and agreed not to resign does not negate the fact that he was to resign – and should have done so.
Councillor McCuish was persuaded not to resign and will have to make his mind up at what point he puts the interests of his constituents before those of his party.
Sandy Taylor IS a novice councillor.
As a former council officer and not at the most senior level, it is hard to see how he would – if he were to be voted Council Leader – successfully translate to being senior to those who have been his own line managers.
The fact that he has not been able to protect his group of councillors from tightened control measures from party central does not suggest someone with what it takes to stand ground over those he perceives to be his seniors.
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
We’re not going to do a ’20 questions’ routine but, to let local politicians off the hook, it’s not any of them.
And we’re now taking a vow of silence.
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