He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is …

Comment posted Ugadale Hotel reopens to the call of The Herd’s Horn by newsroom.

He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is one of the great inspirational innovators in Argyll – and he is the force behind Helensburgh’s great ccmmunity TV statlon – URTV.

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    As we understand it, this session was permitted to be open to the public only just before it began.
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    That ‘ultimate authority’, Steve, is more apparent than real.
    The majority of councillors have little idea of the detail of any issue.
    They are low paid, part timers. Many glaze over at the sight of numbers rather than words; and officers make sure to give them brick sized blocks of papers to read – and frequently at the last minute before a meeting – to keep them as uninformed as possible.
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    Confident and capable councillors can and do override these obstructions and insist on the authority they possess. But to make a difference you need the majority of elected members of a council to be of this calibre and self-confidence – which is rare. In general, there aren’t too many of these`; some are brand new to the job and can be easily fooled; and others have been burned off quickly by these deliberately neutralising and intimidating tactics.
    The balance of power between councillors and officers is a bit like the bad old joke: ‘What’s the difference between true love and herpes?’ Answer: ‘Herpes is for ever.’
    Councillor face regular re-election with the membership of the chamber changing from one election to the other. Officers can generally stay put, play the game, creep their way up the ladder and hang on there like a limpet.
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  • Castle Toward decision cannot be acceptable to South Cowal community
    Most wretched of all is the fact that Castle Toward in its present state clearly is not worth more on the market than the community were able to pay for it.
    If the council were now to go on to sell it at some stage for no substantial amount more than £750k at today’s prices, having continued to pay £22.5k to £25k per month to insure and secure it while they watch its deterioration continue and accelerate – how will they account for having chosen yesterday to prevent it being sold for £750k to one if their own communities?
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    It is now incumbent on this council administration to dispose of Castle Toward in very short order and for a sum very considerably in excess of what the community were able to pay.
    Councillors supporting SCCDC should now make a ritual point of formally asking the Council Leader every month, in writing, for information on the progress of disposing off Castle Toward; for information on the current marketing and sales strategy being used; and for information on the additional cost of re-marketing the property – and publish each response.
  • Too little to late – ADP extends local service providers contracts by a month
    Absolutely correct.
  • Too little to late – ADP extends local service providers contracts by a month
    They were deaf to all requests until the volume got too high.
    This is no concession. It is a desperate attempt to play a ‘Get out of jail free’ card.
    There is a lot more to come.

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6 Responses to He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is …

  1. I remember when Brian Keating acquired the Ugadale and the Beachcomber about 5 years ago and he was talking then about reviving the Kintyre Club then. I think alot of people thought he was mad. It was so great to see him yesterday, and see his project reaching fruition. Saving the Royal, building the new course, recruiting the Americans, reviving the Kintyre Club…. He should be very proud!!

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    • He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is one of the great inspirational innovators in Argyll – and he is the force behind Helensburgh’s great ccmmunity TV statlon – URTV.

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  2. What a great project for Kintyre, Keating & Southworth should be commended. Both have done a great deal to help the area. Building the second sustainable links course (which can never be moved to China), Restoring the two most beautiful hotels in Kintyre (both over 100 years old) to their former glory..(with better water closets), employing 100′s, attracting 1000′s and also restoring the Kintyre Club, a much forgotten institution which captured the very spirit and pride of Kintyre when it was the mother of Scottish enterprise.

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