Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by PBP.
The town supports TWO excellent deli’s.
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- At last we agree! And CSB is right about Joe’s steak pies. Three good reasons for shopping in Helensburgh town centre already.
- And so they should. That part of the CHORD project which relates to Colquhoun Square is both desecration of a lovely square and a recipe for snarled up traffic in the town centre.
It was ironic to hear Mars Mulvaney supporting Waitrose and arguing that the town centre would be ok, when his ‘kinky road’ project, as it is known locally, will provide a far greater threat to town centre retailers.
In the light of the Waitrose decision, the council now has a perfect reason to halt the CHORD project for the square and begin a re-examination of what should be done in the town centre in the light of the new circumstances.
I for one will not be voting for Councillor Mulvaney or the other two in May. Let him go back to his weekly Toyota photo call in the Dancevertiser!
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Don’t bother allocating the Helensburgh CHORD project responsibility to the Area Committee — just bin it now.
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Preferred the Colquhoun Arms; but I suppose Loch Lomond Arms is helpful for marketing. Food is fantastic, by the way.
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Waitrose will affect those local traders who do not respond to its presence. I suspect it would do just that wherever it was in the town.
The hope has to be that its presence will attract shoppers to the town, and reduce the number of town shoppers who currently go elsewhere to shop. I hope and suspect that is what will happen.
It may be out of town, but no more so than the town’s secondary school across the road, and the architects must be complemented on making the store complement the school’s design.
Good luck to it.
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But will the seafront be ready by then? Current progress could best be described as snail’s pace, and that is on the few days the workmen actually do anything apart from chat to each other.
If they want it for Christmas, perhaps they should bring in Barr Construction when they finish Waitrose. Their workers really put their backs into it.
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