Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding …

Comment posted Russell nails the ‘bloody disgrace’ of Craignure ferry gangway by phill.

Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  • Oban North Pier development – try this
    Aye a fair response Newsie, and thumbs up from me.
  • Oban North Pier development – try this
    1. The OBM transit marina was not met with the greatest of approval from many fine people in our town.Also many visitors would be dismayed by filling in the bay with boats.
    2. Newsroom obviously has great respect for the Macleods (Eusk Pitza restuarant and their proposed new Argyll hotel) and West coast motors. Nothing wrong with that but its a fact nevertheless by the constant free advertising.
    3. Their are 3 hotels adjacent to the North pier. The revamped Columba, with the popular new Rio bar, sits on the pier and should be prioritised re parking spaces, but why the MacLeods Argyll hotel and not the busy Regent Hotel who quietly go about their business attracting thousands of visitors, many repeat business.
    4. As for the roof for McCaigs Tower adn to a lesser extent the cable car …….!!!!
    5. The area committee are there to be shot down, and i suppose they are fair game, but there is lots of good things happening in this area, and time for a more positive outlook from Forargyll methinks.
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    Agree with you Ian, ‘bad proposals for a good idea’. My own view is the propsed location being not a good idea.
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    Absolutely correct Murdoch. i think the lovely view (or proposed loss of) has been vastly overlooked and not appreciated by those behind the marina on that location. There was sand a few years ago imported to the beach, but over a few seasons it all but disappeared, though i feel that a modest springtime top dressing followed by a regular clean would be the answer. I dont see why the marina needs to be right in the middle of town. Many people voiced concern when this was first mooted a few years ago, a concern perhaps taken on board by local councillors, thankfully..
    A similar proposal would be to dig up the Corran Halls gardens and create space for 50 caravans, which also may bring in £1m annually, but i dont think that would go down well either.
    Good luck to the OBM organisation but find somewhere less obtrusive and less congested, and not in your face obliterating the unique view.
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    What business?

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12 Responses to Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding …

  1. What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
    Power to all the ferry passengers.

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    • Neil – the articles on this site contain a mixture of ‘news’ and ‘comment’ and I would have thought most readers are well able to filter the two from one another and disregard the bits they don’t agree with. It’s not easy to ‘comment’ on an issue without someone somewhere perceiving it as bias, but in this case I’m struggling to see what you are so exercised about. The article is basically news – as in: “MSP calls on council to fix dodgy gangway” – the MSP’s party is not part of the story. This is followed by ‘comment’, echoing Mr Russell’s call on the council to do something about the problem. The bias here seems to me to be no more than ‘For Argyll’

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    • Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  2. The responsibility for major ferry termini that form part of our national infrastructure seems to be shambolic.
    The likes of Craignure terminal shouldn’t be in the hands of a local council – especially one that treats it as a ‘cash cow’ at the expense of its own taxpayers.
    The government should take over ownership and responsibilty – and the liability for outstanding essential repair / replacement work should be deducted from the price paid to the council. I wonder if the arithmetic would look as favourable to our council as funding the work and keeping the annual revenue? It is our money, Mr Walsh.

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    • We felt that the question in the Draft Ferry Review, now in consultation – about whether or not CMAL should acquire all of the ports and harbours served by the state subsidised ferry services deserved a resounding ‘Yes’.

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      • Yes – and with the proviso that a ferry operator can also be responsible for the shore staff, to avoid the situation that arose at Rothesay when Calmac found themselves at the mercy of a shore staff dispute with the council.

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  3. Terms used are a bit confusing. Calmac has to add a sum to each ticket sold on this run. It is also applied twice for the outward and return. If you carry on to Iona the same applies there. There is also a sum they have to add for each vehicle carried because piers are owned by council. berthing dues are another charge calmac pay to tie up at the pier.

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    • Surely the point is that, whatever the form of ‘tax’, it’s all being levied by the council (as owner of the Craignure terminal) on the ferry users (either directly or indirectly via Calmac) but the council have failed to maintain fit-for-purpose passenger access to the ferry at Craignure. Money for nothing, just an extra tax on people who travel to and from an island.
      Bloody disgrace is putting it mildly, and when Walsh & co get kicked out they should be made to help people on & off the ferry, and carry their bags.

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  4. Nobody nailed Mike Russell yet for the ‘bloody disgrace’ that was Robslee and Hillhead???

    Mmmmm?

    No one going to have a go at the man responsible??

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  5. Surely now this will be a done deal. I know I argued against SNP colleagues in the hustings (my ONLY disagreement in 5 years of working with them) but their insistence that this was indeed ABC’s responsibility can surely mean only one thing???

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