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

  • The view from Lochinvar: party of the century from the Commonwealth Flotilla
    I am angered by the light-fingered and incorrect allegation here that For Argyll can be bought by anything.
    If we go to an event to report on it, we pay the entrance fee in the normal way. No one buys us lunch. We do the paying. We ask for no funding for anything from anyone. And we do not go on jollies – which are alien to our possibly graceless but honest position. We are – and I am – resolutely not ‘clubbable’.
    This puritanism protects our actual and perceived independence because we can neither be frightened nor bought by anyone.
    For Argyll routinely and openly supports CalMac as a general principle, because they provide a necessary network of vital services for Scotland’s beautiful but economically weak west coast.
    We also take this stance because they do this in what can be impossible circumstances where they cannot even defend themselves against mistreatment and misdirection by Scottish Governments – which does occur and which can be personally punitive – because their sole shareholder, paymaster and controller is the government of the day.
    For Argyll has supported CalMac consistently and will continue to do so for as long as it is justified – because we see it as strongly in the interests of the west coast to have a single state-owned provider of this network of ferry services. This network is an ASSURED support for the survival of communities living in, usually, wholly uneconomic circumstances. We also believe that there is a profound value in the company’s unparalled experience and knowledge of sea conditions, ports and communities on the west coast. There is such a thing as corporate DNA.
    I accepted the invitation to be on Lochinvar for the Commonwealth flotilla, which was not one carrying a fee I could pay – and remain wholeheartedly grateful for it [but not influenced by it]. It was a unique opportunity to report from a specific perspective – the centre of the river and the lead boat – an event the like of which none of us may see again.
    All guests were given a personal lunch bag filled with what delightful goodies I have no idea, because I declined it.
    I left home at 6.45. I was at Gourock at 08.15. I was on the boat at 08.45. I got off the boat at Pacific Quay at something like 02.30. I had no time for breakfast before leaving home and between those two times I accepted one [good] cup of coffee on Lochinvar.
    Anyone on the boat can testify that I spent the entire passage with my eye glued to a camera viewfinder. I took 1,213 shots which took all night to review and all of yesterday morning to do the selection. I did no mingling and no networking whatsoever.
    I was there to work and I worked hard – to produce for others the images and the narrative that record this entire unique event in the most faithful first hand documentation I can.
    I am delighted and grateful, on our readers behalf as well as on my own, to have been given this privileged vantage point – which I used to the utmost of my ability in the general interest.
    Lynda
  • Triumph for Helensbugh CHORD as Summer Festival gets going
    We weren’t talking about the Summer Festival – which we have not experienced – but about the successful work being done under the CHORD project – which is demonstrably making it possible for folk to use the town in a more relaxed and congenial way.
    Of course it would have been better if the Colquhoun Square revision had been entirely completed – but with a full half finished – which alone offers a substantial area of very attractive public space, it’s not been a bad compromise.
    And next year should be firing on four.
  • The view from the Shard’s Floor 68
    The walkie-talkie Mobile Phone building’s ‘Disneyland’ theming could be the prompt for more of the same.
    Who wants the capital city to look like a theme park?
  • Triumph for Helensbugh CHORD as Summer Festival gets going
    And it doesn’t have to cost any more.
    It would have to make the council gardeners’ jobs more interesting – and why not an annual competition for them, recognising their skills and what they bring to where we live?
  • Anas Sarwar: on the indyref bus with Labour on the move
    For information, the indyref bus is laid out as a mobile office, with pairs of double seats facing each other across a table. It is not laid out for mass passenger carrying; and when we were on it to interview Anas Sarwar, it was a very busy place. It has to be. Labour is fighting for its own national survival in the indy war. See: http://forargyll.com/2014/07/the-people-and-the-election-issues-the-scottish-affairs-committee-ignored/

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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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