Thanks, Scott, That rings a bell. …

Comment posted £6million for next generation community buy outs – ‘Britain’s new radicals’ by newsroom.

Thanks, Scott, That rings a bell.

newsroom also commented

  • It is still in progress.
  • Thank you for the correction. Was there a filling station that had been part of the businsss that was bought by the community?
  • Talk to Tayvallich quickly – and contact Community Land Scotland at once.
    Depending on when the auction is, you may be able to register an interest in time to halt that process.
  • Thanks for the Dick Gaughan link – new to me but an intriguingly different version from the Billy Bragg one which is the first and only version I’d previously heard.
    Lynda

Recent comments by newsroom

  • Clyde RIver ferry: Business Scotland interview with CalMac’s Martin Dorchester
    Thank you.
    Re your airport idea – do you know if there is a viable berthing location at the airport?
    If there were and if Loch Lomond Seaplanes [or Skye Seaplanes as it now is at its new Skye base] were interested, there has always been a lure in a high-end charter pick-up service for arrivals at the airport to fly them off to Loch Lomond, Arran, Kintyre, Oban, Islay…
    So if an airport stop was achievable and the seaplane service went for this business opportunity, that would get double value from a river bus airport pontoon. It would be logical for Glasgow City Council to put in and maintain the infrastructure – under advice from experts including Brisbane City Council – and lease it to operators.
  • CalMac: the Douglas Fraser teaser
    The CalMac experience wiht CMAL over the Ballycastle-Rathline tender was one that we had originally included in this companion piece to this article and then edited out as it distracted from the main focus on CalMac’s early-days thinking about a Clyde River ferry. [http://forargyll.com/2014/04/interesting-business-scotland-interview-with-calmacs-martin-dorchester/]
    The Rathlin tender affair could not provide better evidence that the Scottish Government allowed CMAL to behave proactivey against CalMac’s interests in fighting to retain their Rathlin contract. This underlines the essential utter independence of the two state owned Scottish companies, one from another.
    The competing bid was an unable one. The bidder did not even have and could not find a boat to serve the route.
    CMAL stepped in and OFFERED him the use of the MV Canna – the very boat that CalMac was using for the service.
    This qualified the competing bid and made it look more capable. It won the contract.
    What CMAL and the Scottish Government were up to in shafting a state owned company, wholly owned by one of them and a sister of the other, also wholly state owned – is anyone’s guess. It looked very much like a backstairs political deal between the two governments concerned, with the Irish possibly interested in ‘Irishising’ the service.
    We are aware from authoritative sources in Northern Ireland that CalMac had – and knew they had – a strong legal case to challenge the award of the contract but were instructed by their sole shareholder not to do so.
    This curious incident does, though, underscore the fact that the CMAL fleet is CMAL’s asset and CMAL’s liability – and that CalMac has no ‘ownership’ or business reason to try to help out in finding ways to deploy CMAL’s upcoming surplus and ageing tonnage – an argument we make it the companion piece linked above and which just might apply in the case of the tender possibility punted as a possible CalMac itnerest in this article here.
  • Clyde RIver ferry: Business Scotland interview with CalMac’s Martin Dorchester
    As you say, it is all about the right sort of service – and you too seem to feel that the right service could work.
  • Clyde RIver ferry: Business Scotland interview with CalMac’s Martin Dorchester
    The airport link is a great idea 0- and for arrivals, what a way into the city?
    If the right service did start and was successful, we wondered about a later extension taking it into the neglected east as far as Parkhead? Is that navigable for shallow draft vessels?
  • Tarbert VIllage Hall now a conference venue
    This is sad news.

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13 Responses to Thanks, Scott, That rings a bell. …

  1. Being originally from Campbeltown, I am glad that the Gigha folk were able to buy their island, and the aerodrome at Machrihanish was bought. But, my question is, why should I as a tax payer, and all other tax payers have to support them and give handouts? Would it not be fairer to arrange reduced fees and interest from the state owned banks instead of public money (remember the government has no money, it is ours) I would like help to pay for my home, which the nasty bank actually owns till my mortgage is paid off, but there doesn’t seem to be a queue of politicians coughing up cash for that.

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  2. I much prefer Dick Gaughan’s version of from his, in my view wonderful, album ‘Handful of Earth’.
    http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/discography/dsc-hoe.html

    Also, I would just point out that large estates can receive enormous sums from the public purse under a variety of ‘schemes’ which contributes to their survival in their present form. So it could be seen that this contribution from the public purse is a small ‘balancing’ measure.

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    • Thanks for the Dick Gaughan link – new to me but an intriguingly different version from the Billy Bragg one which is the first and only version I’d previously heard.
      Lynda

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    • Talk to Tayvallich quickly – and contact Community Land Scotland at once.
      Depending on when the auction is, you may be able to register an interest in time to halt that process.

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      • Generally good news here, but do be aware that the Tayvallich scheme does not include a filling station.

        Your own post refers:

        Tayvallich community now own village business
        Posted on November 7, 2008

        Good luck to Tarbert.

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      • It looks like the auction is on 20th March. I am trying to contact the Tarbert community council to see if there is any appetite for this locally. I am also interested to know whether a similar option is available for another local landmark that has been closed and is in danger of falling into disrepair – The Columba Hotel.

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