Comment posted Jackie Baillie MSP calls on SPT to ‘get a grip’ on Kilcreggan ferry situation by greenergood.
What’s ridiculous is all the brou-ha-ha going on about CHORD funding in H’burgh, funding which was supposed to enhance the seaside aspects of all the towns involved, but no money to go to preserving the pier and the ferry service. I live in Kilcreggan, and when I told my friends in H’burgh how sad I was that the ferry service between H’burgh, K’gan and Gourock was to be cancelled, they were amazed to find out that there was a ferry leaving from H’burgh!!! The ferry was never marketed as a tourist attraction, and it should be reinstated and marketed by the Tourist Office in H’burgh as a way of enjoying the upper Firth of Clyde. Use some of that CHORD money that’s going to be wasted on seafront fripperies that will disappear in the first winter storm of 2012-13. Timetable should be rejigged to facilitate commuter traffic in the a.m. and p.m. between the three destinations. And find a DECENT boat, not one run by the seat of its trousers, by a boatyard with a reputation of financial insecurity.
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- Another Loch Long whale sighting – in bay at entrance to Loch Goil
My friend visiting from Australia was astonished to see a whale near the northern end of Loch Long, mebbe a mile south of Arrochar, on Saturday 29 September, breaching the water. Sadly, she didn’t get a photo, but it looks as though this cetacean is getting something to eat. She thought it was far too long to be a dolphin or porpoise. But won’t it get lonely? Is there any way to coax it down the Loch again? Also too, on Saturday 22 Sept. folks attending the Cove and Kilcreggan Beer Festival at the Burgh Hall went down to the shore mid-afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather and saw a school of between 15-20 small whales – my guess harbour porpoises, since we don’t get many dolphins here. Just so mad I missed them – was serving up in the kitchen!
- Flashes in sky over Inveraray-Dalmally area last night
Amazing thunder and lightning Thurs. night. I live in Kilcreggan and was in the house when I heard what I thought were distant fireworks. Could it be for Cowalfest? I thought. but no, not on a Thursday night. So went up the hill at back of Kilcreggan and watched a proper lightning storm, with both sheet and forked lightning. It seemed to travel up the Cowal Peninsula, then across the north end of Loch Long, and Glen Fruin, and then probably across the middle of Loch Lomond. It seeemd to have quite a width – could easily envision it being wide enough to encompass Glen Kinglass, so if you saw this from Inveraray, you would’ve been seeing this storm from the north-western side rather than me on the south-eastern. Amazing to watch such a storm, yet not get rained on!
- Clydelink Kilcreggan-Gourock service suspended amidst queries
I was on the bus from Helensburgh to Kilcreggan Friday afternoon, and overheard a woman conplaining that her sister and children had taken the ferry to Gourock Fri am (thinking they’d be meeting the woman on the bus off a later ferry), only to be told on the Gourock side that the ferry wouldn’t be going back to Kilcreg. and they would have to make their way home via Glasgow. I am beginning to think that the ferry service is being deliberately undermined to give SPT an excuse to cancel it altogether!! Which is insane – given that a properly integrated ferry/bus service will be invaluable as petrol prices escalate in the future, and as thousands of tourists arrive by cruise ship into Greenock, all looking places to go and not necessarily on coach trips laid on by the cruise ships.
- On the campaign trail…
Notice of Hustings meeting in Helensburgh, 20 April
Helensburgh CND to Host General Election Hustings
Tuesday, 20 April 7.30 p.m.
Victoria Halls, Helensburgh
Chaired by Ruth Wishart, BBC broadcaster and columnist
The following candidates have been invited, and have accepted:
Alan Reid, MP – Liberal Democrat
Gary Mulvaney – Conservative
Elaine Morrison – Green
David Graham – Labour
Michael MacKenzie – Scottish National
Helensburgh is five miles from Faslane Naval Base, homeport of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. As the hosting organisation Helensburgh CND will ask two questions of the candidates regarding their positions on Trident and Trident replacement and other defence matters which will be of interest to voters throughout Scotland. The Chair will then take questions from the floor on any issues. In order to allow us to cover as many topics as possible and to avoid repetition, those attending who wish to ask a question are requested to submit their question in writing at the beginning of the meeting. The Chair will then call on them to ask their question from the floor.
For more information contact Jeanne Brady 01436 842385
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