There still seems to be confusion about the …

Comment posted Transport Minister’s letter to Michael Russell MSP reveals council’s double whammy on Craignure Passenger Access by Muileach.

There still seems to be confusion about the dues paid to the council. There are two lots paid. CalMac pay berthing dues but it is us the travelling public that pay a percentage on each ticket we buy. CalMac collect this and pay this at a later date to Council, thus arriving at the large annual total.

Recent comments by Muileach

  • Russell nails the ‘bloody disgrace’ of Craignure ferry gangway
    calmac does not give the council landing dues, these are paid for by us the travelling public, calmac may pay berthing dues
  • Argyll islands: Scottish Government to launch new pilot RET fare discounts
    Sadly For Mc Phersoin I am only one of the few left having been born, bred and lived on Mull. I cannot see what the act of moving south has got to do with this, Again if you live south of watford junction the isklands are of no intertest. Stens have a good service to northern
    Ireland. If you were a regular user trying to get bookings you would not be very happy at all.
  • Argyll islands: Scottish Government to launch new pilot RET fare discounts
    Mull people are as usual last in the queue. What are our elected reps doing about it. It is not very good for the ones in the SNP unless they have jumped ship. People forget that especially for Oban there would not be much traffic to the town. We see thelarge numbers of people that are brought here by the magic of Iona and Staffa and Mull benifits as well. The winter ferry for Mull is pathetic one day sailing on a Friday. On top of all this we cannot board the ferry easily with no suitable gangway for all the ships./ Remember if therte is a breakdown the Mull ferry is first to withdrawn to sereve another island and up tiull now we put up with itas we know the other island might have a emergency. REMEMBER IN SWEDEN ALL FERRIES ARE FREE AND WE SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE THAT AS WELL AS WELL AS SKYE We have been promised a fuel reduction and that will place another burden on the retailerssince another pile of returns will cost the retailer in time
    I could go on but the RET is notsuch good news for us. Maybe Stena would do better
  • Quality of life in Scotland: Argyll’s 2011 resolution is ‘Must do better’
    A lot of things need to improve. We on the islands had our own councillors. Regardless of claims by the mainland based councillors that they know about island life and can represent the islands. You need to live here 365 days a year. Tiree and Coll had a councillor and now have non on the islands. We need to think of alternatives such as joining up with Morvern as we are still closely connected as that area was also Argyll and some still refer to this. They also have first class roads. The drawing up of the last elections new boundarys was a ridiculous excercise aimed at numbers, nothing else to please ill informed policy makers in far of lands away from Argyll. Oban needs to get the recommendations of endless reports/surveys acted on. Getting through Oban to catch a ferry can take so long because of narrow main streets making a few pounds in parking fees. I think the natives are arising
  • Argyll Bute Council: ‘THE ADMINISTRATION’ – the price of communities
    Mary Jean was elected as a Lib/Dem and changed afterwards to Independent. Maybe a change back is in the offing/

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7 Responses to There still seems to be confusion about the …

  1. Pingback: Argyll News: Transport Minister's letter to Michael Russell MSP … | Transport Tipps

  2. I don’t understand why CMAL don’t just stop paying harbour dues at Craignure – the council is obviously in default until they bring the passenger facilities up to standard.
    Councillor Duncan McIntyre might have more questions to answer than Newsroom lists – in Lochgilphead the steel footbridge that provides the pedestrian link from the Highbank Park residential area to the town centre is in an advanced state of neglect – and steel structures don’t always decay gracefully, they occasionally collapse.
    I know from talking to my time-expired local councillor that he doesn’t approve of walking rather than driving, so perhaps our council prefers to close this route rather than maintain it.

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  3. Argyll and the Isles hits warp speed, not if you are trying to get off the ferry at craignure.Take the money from the Oban Chord project and fix the gangway.Why will it take another 15 to 18 months to get a replacement?At least fix it and argue in court later.The transport debate which our economy depends on seems to stutter along from one mess to the next.Will the rest be operational and safe when the lochside road improvements start?will the business community have a quarantee that we will not be left high and dry if the whole thing goes pear shaped.As one local haulier told me if I have to put my lorries on the Inverary route it costs me another £500 in diesel a week so its important the closure of the lochside is managed properly.
    We have a railway which is still dumping its human waste from the toilet system onto the track.Why are there no moves to upgrade the line to not only cut the travel times for passengers but also to take more of the freight of our roads.Even locally in Oban and surrounding areas the addition of local commutor trains for workers through the day would help the traffic congestion in the town.We have had nothing positive come out of any proposals through Chord so we must start to deliver or captain Kirk will need to beam us all up to travel anywhere.

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  4. One can only hope (but work for) the replacement of this incompetent lot in May, when, hopefully, the new SNP administation will provide a Transport head with a degree of competence greater than the present one – not too great a task!

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  5. There still seems to be confusion about the dues paid to the council. There are two lots paid. CalMac pay berthing dues but it is us the travelling public that pay a percentage on each ticket we buy. CalMac collect this and pay this at a later date to Council, thus arriving at the large annual total.

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  6. To Robert – they don’t appear to be doing very much. There is a covered walkway the length of the pier, but when you compare that to the lush facilities in Oban, where you are catered for in what is more like a modern airport terminal. Craignure is more appropriate for herding cattle. This scenario compares well with the totally dire facilities at Dunoon, with not much better at Gourock. Time for an investigation as to where all the pier dues are actually being spent, as it is obviously not where the passenger numbers need it.

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