Comment posted Waitrose has £325k on table for Tuesday planning hearing – and opposition rolls in by Robert Wakeham.
I’d like to know what Councillor Currie wanted to do with the extra £420,000.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- We need a clear statement from the coumcil of how this mitigation sum was calculated, and how it will be committed.
- I thought ‘mitigation’ in the context of a supermarket proposal meant meeting the cost of any extra roadworks, pedestrian crossings etc made necessary by the extra traffic generated by the development. I’d like to know if some councillors took a more elastic view of the meaning of the word.
- We cope with bin collections once a week (or even fortnightly) so how about fancy supermarket visits once a week? – a Waitrose on a seagoing barge, serving the west coast – say from Helensburgh to Fort William, stopping off at Dunoon, Rothesay, Campbeltown, Oban, Fort William – and maybe Tobermory and Port Ellen alternate weeks. Just dreaming. At Helensburgh it would tie up at the pier, of course. The supermarket aisles would be cushioned with giant airbags to keep everything shipshape on passage, and maybe even giant gimbals would be effective.
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I presume that’s why the Citylink bus route is via Inveraray, and I’m told that many hgv drivers prefer to go via Inveraray.
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I should add that any new bridge worth the name, be it low level gulley crossing or high level viaduct, would need a parapet design to combat the sort of crosswinds that are violent enough to knock hgvs off the road, especially at Butterbridge and the north end of Loch Restil.
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