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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There already is ‘some traction going’ according to the Glasgow Herald, a few days ago – reporting that the government is planning a mass tree planting programme on the vulnerable slopes.
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Five days doesn’t sound like much time to deal with the ropey stretches on this section of road, properly rather than just cosmetically.
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‘A zip wire and equipment for older kids’ could be useful additions to the Kilmory council chamber, to save time and keep people occupied.
- Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee tries a decoy from the corroboration row
Perhaps the witness had a prosthetic brain.
- DFM’s gift to Dunoon-Gourock passenger ferry comes a cropper
Don’t jump to conclusions – past incidents of this type have sometimes been due to mechanical failure on the boat.
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