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Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by Robert Wakeham.

Too right that ‘no one wants to see Helensburgh die on its feet’, but could there be other factors involved in the decline of the town centre? Only last week the boss of Sainsburys (probably aiming at the planners) suggested that town centres abandoned by the retail sector should concentrate on residential uses, and – however brutal and self-serving that suggestion – he was probably right, for some places. Maybe this will be a wake-up call for Helensburgh – it’s slightly off the beaten track, maybe not much more than a Glasgow commuter suburb disguised as a town? – and unfortunately has become cut off from fellow communities on the shores of the lower Clyde. That’s the impression I get, as an outsider.

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • It’s surely unlikely that Waitrose – despite its ‘value’ range – will put the town centre Co-op out of business, isn’t it?
  • So what does the Co-op need to do to improve its service – and doesn’t Helensburgh support a reasonable deli in the town?
  • A ‘Helensburger’? – now there’s an idea.
  • I wonder whether ‘mitgation’ acted as the proverbial carrot?
  • It’s easy to grump about the Co-op, but despite the muttering it does serve Argyll pretty well – and I don’t think I’m imagining it to say that it’s improved its ‘offer’ steadily over the years

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    A bit of cross-dressing might not do him any harm – and I don’t mean a kilt – just about all the party leaders seem to be women, generally of considerable clout.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Probably just a bunch of sad numpties who take delight in childish pursuits.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Stop drinking.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    If the roof was intact and no obvious signs of blood I’d say the occupant(s) escaped intact – sorry to sound flippant, Stuart, but it’s just another day on the A83.
    One time I noticed a car, apparently intact and the right way up, completely underwater on the shore at Ardgartan – it transpired the police knew about it, and no-one had been trapped, but it gave me a fright.
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    Mr Dixon-Spain

    Could you please look at what you’ve written and – if you can’t lower it clear of the header text and advertising blurb that renders most of your message illegible, find someone who can?
    I think that this is the very least that ‘newsie’ deserves – and I very much hope that we haven’t heard the last from her because, as ‘Plugit’ says, she’s been doing a valuable service to the community.

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