What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed …

Comment posted Russell nails the ‘bloody disgrace’ of Craignure ferry gangway by neil macintyre.

What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
Power to all the ferry passengers.

Recent comments by neil macintyre

  • How to kill one of the most important businesses for Oban: Arygll and Bute Council strikes again
    Interesting article newsie and its great that it has generated so much interest.
    Mr MacLeod will be coming along to the business day next week to discuss his access, not the new building, which he is not against.
    His problem is with the open space which he thinks Will affect his business.
    Mr MacLeod on the 17th of December in a very friendly correspondence with Roddy on a different matter asked if the council could be persuaded to buy him out, as it would save on car parking and hassle.
    Signing off with “Awra best Alan”.
    Taking a slagging on different issues is part of the job so I am fine with that but I think on this one it would have been nice to be asked for our side of the story, to give it a bit of balance.
    It might not be everyone,s cup of tea but badly needed toilets and showers incorporated in the building will help visitors and locals alike. I like the idea of just pedestrians along the pier side as there is very little room on that side and I am sure it will help the tourist office at the Columba corner.
    I certainly can,t see how this development will stop people from finding and enjoying these fine restaurants and now that we have the Transit Marina plans taking shape and the work on Stafford Street ready to go I hope people will enjoy the changes.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Breslin sticks to the trail on Castle Toward and exposes more council manoeuvres
    Obviously I will be supporting Mary in her campaign for election next year but with Roddy being approached to stand and the financial backing in place if he takes up the offer it would certainly make the election debates a minefield of information.
    I hope he gives it a go he will not win but just imagine the crack.
    Well all the best for the New Year folks it has been an enjoyable few months since I was elected I have certainly found working with everybody has been pretty straightforward on the committee’s I am involved with which is great and the way it should be.
    Linda I promised you an interview to go over my first few months
    in the council and see how things have gone.
    If it’s okay with you it would be better to wait till Castle Toward, Rockfield and Kilbowie are concluded then I can talk openly on them along with the Chord and TIF projects.
    Hope it stays dry for the street party in Oban and again Happy New Year to everyone.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Brilliant Mary it is great news for Argyll.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Argyll and Bute Council administration’s gagging clause
    Just a quick reminder folks the Oban Lorn & the Isles Area meeting is in the Corran Halls on the 8th of October starting at 10.30.
    Public questions will be at the start so come along and we will try to provide some answers for you.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Argyll and Bute Council administration’s gagging clause
    Hi Murdoch

    I am not a member of the Administration so the only thing I have signed lately is a sponsorship form.

    Cheers Neil.

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12 Responses to What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed …

  1. What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
    Power to all the ferry passengers.

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    • Neil – the articles on this site contain a mixture of ‘news’ and ‘comment’ and I would have thought most readers are well able to filter the two from one another and disregard the bits they don’t agree with. It’s not easy to ‘comment’ on an issue without someone somewhere perceiving it as bias, but in this case I’m struggling to see what you are so exercised about. The article is basically news – as in: “MSP calls on council to fix dodgy gangway” – the MSP’s party is not part of the story. This is followed by ‘comment’, echoing Mr Russell’s call on the council to do something about the problem. The bias here seems to me to be no more than ‘For Argyll’

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    • Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  2. The responsibility for major ferry termini that form part of our national infrastructure seems to be shambolic.
    The likes of Craignure terminal shouldn’t be in the hands of a local council – especially one that treats it as a ‘cash cow’ at the expense of its own taxpayers.
    The government should take over ownership and responsibilty – and the liability for outstanding essential repair / replacement work should be deducted from the price paid to the council. I wonder if the arithmetic would look as favourable to our council as funding the work and keeping the annual revenue? It is our money, Mr Walsh.

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    • We felt that the question in the Draft Ferry Review, now in consultation – about whether or not CMAL should acquire all of the ports and harbours served by the state subsidised ferry services deserved a resounding ‘Yes’.

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      • Yes – and with the proviso that a ferry operator can also be responsible for the shore staff, to avoid the situation that arose at Rothesay when Calmac found themselves at the mercy of a shore staff dispute with the council.

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  3. Terms used are a bit confusing. Calmac has to add a sum to each ticket sold on this run. It is also applied twice for the outward and return. If you carry on to Iona the same applies there. There is also a sum they have to add for each vehicle carried because piers are owned by council. berthing dues are another charge calmac pay to tie up at the pier.

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    • Surely the point is that, whatever the form of ‘tax’, it’s all being levied by the council (as owner of the Craignure terminal) on the ferry users (either directly or indirectly via Calmac) but the council have failed to maintain fit-for-purpose passenger access to the ferry at Craignure. Money for nothing, just an extra tax on people who travel to and from an island.
      Bloody disgrace is putting it mildly, and when Walsh & co get kicked out they should be made to help people on & off the ferry, and carry their bags.

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  4. Nobody nailed Mike Russell yet for the ‘bloody disgrace’ that was Robslee and Hillhead???

    Mmmmm?

    No one going to have a go at the man responsible??

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  5. Surely now this will be a done deal. I know I argued against SNP colleagues in the hustings (my ONLY disagreement in 5 years of working with them) but their insistence that this was indeed ABC’s responsibility can surely mean only one thing???

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