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Helensburgh has rejected a supermarket on the pier …

Comment posted Waitrose has £325k on table for Tuesday planning hearing – and opposition rolls in by PBP.

Helensburgh has rejected a supermarket on the pier three times in the past decade. How many more times do you need to hear it?

That being the case, the rest of your argument falls. I am beginning to think we need a For Helensburgh website, leaving you to concentrate on the old Argyll area where you are clearly better informed.

PBP also commented

  • Don’t know – it was not mentioned today. Don’t suppose Sainsburys could have an interest?
  • A long hot day, but full marks to the Helensburgh area public for their active participation.

    The right result too, so long as Waitrose are not put off by the vastly increased ‘mitigation payment’.

    On a wider stage, Government should be looking at how such payments, which are pure and simple bribery, could be regulated.

  • But he did.
  • It is about For Argyll itself, which in many respects I admire but which does not seem to have much of a clue about Helensburgh.

    This morning at the hearing it was made clear, through various surveys, that thousands were in favour of Waitrose at Colgrain, and that there was a roughly 55-45 split against a pier supermarket.

    Yet For Argyll has consistently claimed the opposite in both cases.

    Today there is a huge attendance of Waitrose supporters and, so far, six objectors have put their heads above the parapet.

    Interestingly, the only person booed this morning was the representative of Helensburgh Retailers Association.

    If I was the editor of For Argyll, at this point I would be questioning the quality of the reporting.

  • The former Argyll before it was lucky enough to land the cash cow of Helensburgh and District.

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