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Comment posted Kilcreggan Ferry: Inverclyde Now reports ‘new’ boat may not be ready by 1st April by Ferry Good.

Annabel Goldie obviously not in touch with whats going on with KIlcreggan Ferry!

INVERCLYDE as a tourism hotspot was discussed in the Scottish Parliament during a recent debate.

Former Tory leader Annabel Goldie, right, highlighted the attractions of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock during a tourism debate at Holyrood.

She pointed out that for culture and industrial heritage you can’t beat Port Glasgow and Greenock, while Gourock is a beautiful seaside town.

She highlighted the need to recognise and support tourism despite the economic downturn.

The West of Scotland MSP also sought assurances that Scotland would benefit from the important events coming up in the next few years, starting with the London Olympics in the summer.

She said: “I pointed out the new opportunity is ‘staycations’ and we need a clearer strategy to maximise the benefit from that.

“The Inverclyde area is ideal for ‘staycations’ with beautiful views and ferry services.”

During the debate, Annabel said: “Crying out to be visited are attractive coastal locations such as Helensburgh and Kilcreggan, the latter being just a short ferry trip from Gourock.

“Gourock which is well worth a visit in its own right. Gourock has the unique heated seawater swimming pool, which is currently undergoing refurbishment but will reopen in the summer.

“Who needs the balmy climes of the Med?

“If one’s interest is culture and industrial heritage, Port Glasgow and Greenock have a lot to offer. Greenock has a beautiful esplanade and there is great ice cream at the cafe.”

Ferry Good also commented

  • what is new?

    things have gone very quiet?

    the clock is ticking!!!

  • The motion by councillor Freeman that had the unanimous backing of the full council raising concerns about the continuity of service and their wish to retain the Helensburgh ferry has missed one important issue.

    Pier staff at Kilcreggan and Helensburgh still have their redundancy notice period counting down.

    The pier master at Helensburgh’s last day is Friday 30th March, this is one day before the current operator finishes. Who will catch the ropes of Seabus on Saturday?

    I fear all our pier staff will have been let go by the time this fiasco is resolved and we will have lost people that have had a lifetime of experience.

    Councillor Freeman should be insisting to the council that our pier masters are retained until this has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

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    Thanks newsroom for a very good article. What I would like to ask for anyone wishing to show their support on this planning application. Please can you do so at the address below, your support will be greatly appreciated.

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    I think channel 4 should be contacted; wouldn’t that be a great production for them?

    It seems there is some champion Tossers involved in this, or should I say World Champion Tossers?

    someone is going to get slated for this!

    groan……

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    todays local newspaper, Helensburgh Advertiser has a story saying its a humpback whale.
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    How can anyone dislike this?

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    Those creels have been there for years and outside of the required 200m approach exclusion zone. Perhaps the antique skipper should be hanging up his rowlock’s? Is this another example from the catalog of errors?

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12 Responses to Annabel Goldie obviously not in touch with whats …

  1. When so many people are utterly dependant on this ferry service for work it beggars belief that this ill-informed and mismanaged cost cutting fiasco has actually happened. One would expect a public body responsible for tendering the contract for such a service would not be so incompetent as to have not one single person in their employment (or even a consultant) with the faintest grasp of maritime law and its requirements.

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    • The Island Princess was built in 1996 i.e. 16 years ago! It only has space in the cabin for between 35 to 40 passengers which leaves Coulport/Faslane commuters fighting for cover!! The contract was placed with Clydelink on an undertaking to provide accommodation in a “new” vessel for 60 passengers. In a Q and A from SPT this is stated to be in a thermostatically controlled heated passenger cabin with fare collection therein rather than on deck. This boat as can be seen from its picture has none of those features and is 23 feet shorter than the Seabus!!

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      • I’ve seen the Island Princess and it is NOT up to the standards of Seabus or anything like it. It has an open deck with tarpulin covering and therefore would be difficult to heat. It’s a ‘summer boat’ for sheltered waters and Clydelink are putting it on service on the Gourock-Kilcreggan run?….The politicians just don’t have a clue!

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  2. Talking of tenders, I hear that Mars Mulvaney’s Colquhoun Square destruction project has hit a hitch and is going to have to be re-tendered for. Not until after the election I hope.

    But what was the hitch — and who’s to blame?

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  3. The motion by councillor Freeman that had the unanimous backing of the full council raising concerns about the continuity of service and their wish to retain the Helensburgh ferry has missed one important issue.

    Pier staff at Kilcreggan and Helensburgh still have their redundancy notice period counting down.

    The pier master at Helensburgh’s last day is Friday 30th March, this is one day before the current operator finishes. Who will catch the ropes of Seabus on Saturday?

    I fear all our pier staff will have been let go by the time this fiasco is resolved and we will have lost people that have had a lifetime of experience.

    Councillor Freeman should be insisting to the council that our pier masters are retained until this has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

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    • A critical point. Should SPT have to ask Clyde Marine to continue their present service – if they were in a position to do so – in and from 1sr April as an interim measure, Clyde Marine would clearly need the services of the pier staff at Kilcreggan Pier as usual – but these staff would have lost their jobs with effect from 30th March.

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  4. Lets face the truth, even when the mca certificate the new vessel it still wont maintain a service that is expected from it, thing are going back in time because now we got a boat worse than the rover coming to run our service, Clydelink cant even bring it up to class without asking for public money so what happens when it breaks down, do they have the funds to replace its engine if it blows, or its time for the rubber boats again, how will the old folks get on a rib, is Clydelinks director for real ?

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  5. Ferry Good, I can confirm that I have already asked senior Council officers that any proposed redeployment or redundancy of staff is not progressed until such time as all the outstanding issues / legal arguments / issues have been resolved.

    I have also asked SPT more than once if the Clyde Marine contract can be extended so as to ensure that there is no break in service. The urgent motion I put to the Council on Thursday also contained such a request.

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  6. The concerns of residents on the Rosneath Peninsula have continued to increase over the past two months at the apparent refusal of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to take their fears about the future of the Gourock – Kilcreggan ferry service seriously.
    These concerns were again discussed at length at the meeting of Cove & Kilcreggan Community Council on 13 March that saw the hall packed with concerned residents. Those attending were told by me that contrary to the line that SPT and Clydelink had taken over the past two months that there would be a new-build vessel on the route as from April, it had now been admitted that there was no new vessel and that the service would be provided by the Island Princes which is approximately 16 years old.
    Because of the real fears within the community that there may be no vessel with a Passenger Certificate to provide this service at the start of the new contract on 1 April, I decided to submit an urgent motion to the Council meeting on 15 March asking for Council support in seeking assurances from SPT that they have plans in place to ensure that there will be no break in service between the old contract ending and the new contract starting, even if this meant SPT agreeing to extend the current contract.
    As this was an urgent motion, I was aware that I had to ensure that it was competent and that I could also persuade the Convener of the Council that the matter was urgent before the Council would consider it. Thankfully I managed to get over these two hurdles and, having explained to the Council the grave concerns of the community and the impact that any break in the service would have on those individuals who have to travel across the Clyde to get to work, college and to health services, the Council agreed unanimously to support my motion. I was able to inform the Council that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) at Greenock had confirmed to me just an hour before the Council meeting that the Island Princes did not have the appropriate Passenger Certificate that would allow it to operate on the Gourock to Kilcreggan route.
    Because of the level of misinformation that we have received over the past two months on this issue, the community does not accept the statement from SPT that as it stands, they are confident that a service will run on 1 April. I am delighted at the number of people who have now come forward to campaign on behalf of the community. Locals are so frustrated by the dismissive attitude of SPT that a Facebook campaign “SAVE KILCREGGAN FERRY” has been set up by one of our dedicated campaigners which attracted almost 200 members in under 24 hours.
    A protest is now planned to demonstrate the level of concern and show support for the pier staff who currently face the serious prospect of being made redundant as a result of the proposed new contract. Campaigners are confident of a good response from the community and ferry users who will meet at Kilcreggan Pier at 12pm on Saturday 24th of March.

    I would encourage as many of your readers as possible to sign up to the facebook cause / campaign on the Kilcreggan Ferry Service

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  7. Annabel Goldie obviously not in touch with whats going on with KIlcreggan Ferry!

    INVERCLYDE as a tourism hotspot was discussed in the Scottish Parliament during a recent debate.

    Former Tory leader Annabel Goldie, right, highlighted the attractions of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock during a tourism debate at Holyrood.

    She pointed out that for culture and industrial heritage you can’t beat Port Glasgow and Greenock, while Gourock is a beautiful seaside town.

    She highlighted the need to recognise and support tourism despite the economic downturn.

    The West of Scotland MSP also sought assurances that Scotland would benefit from the important events coming up in the next few years, starting with the London Olympics in the summer.

    She said: “I pointed out the new opportunity is ‘staycations’ and we need a clearer strategy to maximise the benefit from that.

    “The Inverclyde area is ideal for ‘staycations’ with beautiful views and ferry services.”

    During the debate, Annabel said: “Crying out to be visited are attractive coastal locations such as Helensburgh and Kilcreggan, the latter being just a short ferry trip from Gourock.

    “Gourock which is well worth a visit in its own right. Gourock has the unique heated seawater swimming pool, which is currently undergoing refurbishment but will reopen in the summer.

    “Who needs the balmy climes of the Med?

    “If one’s interest is culture and industrial heritage, Port Glasgow and Greenock have a lot to offer. Greenock has a beautiful esplanade and there is great ice cream at the cafe.”

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