Comment posted Waitrose has £325k on table for Tuesday planning hearing – and opposition rolls in by PBP.
A long hot day, but full marks to the Helensburgh area public for their active participation.
The right result too, so long as Waitrose are not put off by the vastly increased ‘mitigation payment’.
On a wider stage, Government should be looking at how such payments, which are pure and simple bribery, could be regulated.
PBP also commented
- Don’t know – it was not mentioned today. Don’t suppose Sainsburys could have an interest?
- But he did.
- It is about For Argyll itself, which in many respects I admire but which does not seem to have much of a clue about Helensburgh.
This morning at the hearing it was made clear, through various surveys, that thousands were in favour of Waitrose at Colgrain, and that there was a roughly 55-45 split against a pier supermarket.
Yet For Argyll has consistently claimed the opposite in both cases.
Today there is a huge attendance of Waitrose supporters and, so far, six objectors have put their heads above the parapet.
Interestingly, the only person booed this morning was the representative of Helensburgh Retailers Association.
If I was the editor of For Argyll, at this point I would be questioning the quality of the reporting.
- The former Argyll before it was lucky enough to land the cash cow of Helensburgh and District.
- Helensburgh has rejected a supermarket on the pier three times in the past decade. How many more times do you need to hear it?
That being the case, the rest of your argument falls. I am beginning to think we need a For Helensburgh website, leaving you to concentrate on the old Argyll area where you are clearly better informed.
Recent comments by PBP
- Proposed posts for proposed new council coalition administration
Heaven help us — Mars Mulvaney is back. Just typical he did not keep his fellow Tories in the loop.
Surely his first job, especially in the light of the utter chaos in the town centre because of the start of the CHORD project works, is to clear up the parking problems in John Street between West Clyde Street and West Princes Street.
Yes, outside the garage where he works.
- One real issue and some strange arguments against Cove Community Wind Farm
Tripe indeed. What makes you think Rosneath, the Gareloch, Cove and Kilcreggan are industrialised landscapes? They all fall into the scenic landscapes and seascapes that you and we all want to protect.
We fought off oil rig construction at Portkil. This would be even more obtrusive to far more people and areas, and all for economic benefits which generally are heavily weighted in favour of the commercial interests involved in construction and running of windfarms.
And of course a certain Mr Salmond likes wind farms.
- BID4OBAN to target empty shops
Helensburgh has the same problem, and already this month three more shops have announced closure — all blaming the Council’s business rates.
But to my mind the problem is parking. We will not the footfall until Council car parks are free, as in Dumbarton and, I believe, a certain Lochgilphead.
- PS Comet Bicentenary for Helensburgh and Port Glasgow
The link to the Comet website still does not work.
- Council suspends Helensburgh CHORD Colquhoun Square redesign
Great start for the new administration and James Robb in particular. The previous proposal for Colquhoun Square was horrendous and would have made the place look like a deserted runway for much of the time. It was also a recipe for traffic and transport chaos.
Good luck with the informal consultation. What is needed is a smartening up of what currently exists, most especially the awful and highly dangerous roads and pavements. Do keep the Comet lamps, but some of them need refurbished.
When you have finished all that, make daytime enforcement of the parking regulations in lower John Street a priority.
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