Comment posted Waitrose has £325k on table for Tuesday planning hearing – and opposition rolls in by PBP.
The former Argyll before it was lucky enough to land the cash cow of Helensburgh and District.
PBP also commented
- Don’t know – it was not mentioned today. Don’t suppose Sainsburys could have an interest?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- For Argyll’s 2013 tributes – to the economic drivers
Don’t forget Mr Barge’s wonderful halibut from Gigha!
- Accounts Commission findings: Argyll and Bute Council at a crossroads
You will have noticed that one of the utility companies is already digging up the fancy new CHORD pavement on Helensburgh seafront. I am also told that the refurbished public toilets at the pier (the gents at least) does not have disabled access, which I thought was illegal nowadays.
Don’t bother allocating the Helensburgh CHORD project responsibility to the Area Committee — just bin it now.
- Scottish Style Awards nomination for Luss Hotel
Preferred the Colquhoun Arms; but I suppose Loch Lomond Arms is helpful for marketing. Food is fantastic, by the way.
- Helensburgh’s Waitrose opens this Thursday
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.
- Helensburgh’s second Winter Feastival focused on revitalised seafront
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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