Comment posted Waitrose has £325k on table for Tuesday planning hearing – and opposition rolls in by Graeme McCormick.
I turned up in time to hear a lady in support of Waitrose say she wanted Waitrose so she could buy pak chow in Helensburgh. That seems to be the level of the debate.
Recent comments by Graeme McCormick
- Powerful Baillie speech nails Scottish Government inadequacies on child poverty
Jackie Baillie has no shame.
According to the UK Treasury Dumbarton and thecVale were not deprived areas in 1987. I have a letter from the Treasury confirming this.
In 2006 Scottish Executive statistics showed these two towns as the third most deprived in Scotland.
In Lord Robertson’s words, a cataclysmic change of fortune.
During this period Labour and Conservatives ruled Westminster while Labour lorded it over the local Council and Scottish Parliament.
This change is Lord McFall’s legacy since he was the local MP throughout this period. Jackie Baillie was his handmaiden.
It’s difficult to think of any other area which has suffered such a demise.
Thank you, Jackie.
- SNP Spring Conference in 80th birthday week – but with unfortunate slogan and Argyll business on the side
While I would have loved for Helensburgh to host the SNP spring Conference or indeed one from any political party there just isn’t a hall big enough.
In the spirit of A & B solidarity I think the time has come for Oban to get a new Conference and multi purpose venue adaptable to take large conferences and other events.
Oban is arguably the most spectacular place to host such events and could take its economy to another level
- Cable says housing has become unaffordable
Houses are a affordable in Scotland. In virtually every council area in Scotland you can buy a 2 bed roomed flat , cottage flat or terraced house for under £100k. I buy and sell them for clients every week.
I agree we need to expand self build and a land value rental could encourage the release of land towards that.
Help to buy is helping but a better would have been for government to indemnify lenders for say 5 years for the top 20% of a mortgage provided that the purchase price did not exceed 90% of the Home Report valuation thus providing a sensible buffer to discourage profligate lending.
Affordability also involves maintenance, repair and heating. Help to make existing properties energy efficient and compulsory maintenance funds should be established by legislation if necessary.
Time limited planning permission would provide the impetus to release rural land for housing building on every farm in Scotland.
Lenders look on Scotland as low risk. Repos, Loan to value percentages and size of mortgages are all lower than in the rUK.
- Business Secretary Westminster favourite as unnamed minister in currency union gaffe
The people who are driving the Indy debate in Helensburgh and Lomond are not full time politicians. Of the ten meetings set up so far of which we have had three not one speaker has been an MP, MSP or MEP and few are members of any political party.
This is intentional and it’s diversity is our strength. Where are the Better Together public meetings open to all; why won’t they debate in village halls ; why won’t they put forward people to put their point of view?
I’m all for keeping the politicians away and having a conversation with everyone else.
The result of that conversation will decide the
We have to talk and only one side is prepared to
- Donors, public money and funding the independence referendum campaigns
The No campaign has given up as the UK Westminster elite are so pre occupied with the General Election in 2015, It’s a sign of its arrogance and total detachment fro what is happening. I’m almost sorry for the BT foot soldiers in Scotland Who are being left to their own devices. If the truth be told the BT campaign in Scotland is almost exclusively ScottishTory worthies with Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs going public In a half hearted attempt to keep their highly paid jobs
How many public meetings have even held by BT with speakers who are not politicians? Meeting times are not published. It’s a closed society.
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