Councillor Walsh also holds surgeries in Dunoon. All areas …

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Councillor Walsh also holds surgeries in Dunoon.
All areas have community centres or a village hall or even a hotel room where councillors could meet their public. If you have a point to make you would travel to see him (her) face to face. I was once told by someone from Castle Kilmory that councillors were under no obligation to talk to anybody. So there…………

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  • I’m no great supporter of Dick Walsh but…..he at least does hold surgeries, giving people a chance to have their say. Unlike his fellow councillors for Cowal who ” are available ” if you want to ‘phone them. Do the non surgery holding councillors have their adverts paid for them ? Can we call them and reverse the charges as they receive a generous telephone allowance ?

Recent comments by george

  • Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
    Did Western really start up without government help, or make improvements without any help ? Did they do it all on their own ?
    I don’t think so.
    I don’t object to a subsidy, being a tax payer, and part owner of Cal-Mac, if it gives the public a choice.
    Who owns Western ?
    Are McGills buses subsidised ? They surely must be looking at the number of ‘free’ passengers they carry. Western must give them free passage or greatly reduced fares !
    Not being party to Western inside information (is anybody ?),I concede that I cannot say for certain that they now charge for call outs. Maybe you can confirm that they don’t ? If I have embarrasses anyone connected to Western, I apologise…if I’m wrong.
    Anyone wishing to start a new service now wouldn’t receive the same help that Western had in the beginning. Western would see to that!
  • Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
    Robert, how often do you cross the Clyde by ferry ?
  • Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
    Why must they make a profit ? It should be a public service.
  • Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
    ” Only 2 miles……a couple of minutes “! A mile a minute. That’s not allowed. The polis will get you.
    Are you sure that W/F DON’T charge for callouts ? I do know that for years they did not charge but now….
    A lot of Western employees on Forargyll.
    As I’ve said may times before, Western give a good service, timetable wise, but from the off they were determined to have a monopoly, see CalMac off the route, by fair means or foul. Would a wee bit of competition really harm Western ? Give the travelling public a choice.
  • Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
    If Western can afford not to charge travel card passengers then obviously they will be cheaper.
    OK, Western DO now charge for ambulance call-outs.
    The quote about Ryanair was posted on here some time ago.
    Western can’t, or shouldn’t, say their service is Dunoon to Gourock. Ryanair will fly you to Brussels….and you land an hours drive from the city !
    Yes, it does make a difference what others think, even if they don’t agree with you !!

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10 Responses to Councillor Walsh also holds surgeries in Dunoon. All areas …

  1. Back to the source
    http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/publicnotices/publicnotices/

    Three adverts in one. Planning / Surgery / Planning

    Where else? Same advert as
    http://www.dunoon-observer.com/index.php/public-notices
    possibly only showing this week, updated next.

    Maybe saving money in bulk, maybe sneaking in an advert for surgery between public notices.

    Maybe Sally forgot to pull the Surgery from the Helensburgh paper version.

    Maybe take the opportunity, it’s a last chance to see Dick before May, look at yesterday’s man, say goodbye to him. Thanks, Sally

    Why did it happen?
    I had a quote in mind, a better version for Kilmory is

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice. (Wikipedia)

    Perhaps it was frugality. perhaps Copy and Paste. Maybe they should have kept their Communications Officer in the loop.

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  2. Walet B – what a load of tosh “Maybe take the opportunity, it’s a last chance to see Dick before May, look at yesterday’s man, say goodbye to him”

    Wanna bet if Dick walsh stands – he’ll win. :)

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    • I’m no great supporter of Dick Walsh but…..he at least does hold surgeries, giving people a chance to have their say. Unlike his fellow councillors for Cowal who ” are available ” if you want to ‘phone them. Do the non surgery holding councillors have their adverts paid for them ? Can we call them and reverse the charges as they receive a generous telephone allowance ?

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  3. Agreed. Actually holding regular surgeries in Innellan shows a respect for the job.

    To be fair to the rural councillors though, the problem is where you actually hold a surgery with a small and widely dispersed local population. In that scenario, being always available is a decent response to the reality.

    The reverse-charge phone call is an attractively mischievous note.

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    • Councillor Walsh also holds surgeries in Dunoon.
      All areas have community centres or a village hall or even a hotel room where councillors could meet their public. If you have a point to make you would travel to see him (her) face to face. I was once told by someone from Castle Kilmory that councillors were under no obligation to talk to anybody. So there…………

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  4. I agree that it is good practice for councillors to hold regular surgeries to allow people to meet and discuss issues with them and I applaud those that find the time do this. I am guessing they are often not that well used be people (although could be wrong and maybe some of our councillors could provide info on this) but it is right that there is regular opportunity for those that do wish to make use of it.

    Given that then I think Cllr Walsh should be applauded for holding regular ones as should others that do likewise (I know for instance that Cllr Freeman holds surgeries once a month, every month). The opportunity to call or e-mail councillors is, of course, always there but I don’t always find this is as useful due to the lack of face to face contact and opportunity to discuss and debate. I would also say that some councillors are better than others when it comes to responding to e-mail contact. I find that most (though not all) will respond in some way or form but not always to the questions posed or in a manner that encourages further involvement. There are some who I have always found very responsive to e-mails (and I include ones within the administration, the SNP, Argyll First, the real independents and also non aligned) and a number who fail miserably to offer any credible response.

    I also think Simon is right that Cllr Walsh probably will be returned in May. My hope is that he is returned as an opposition councillor rather than an administration one.

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