Comment posted 11th April: George Berry chairing hustings for Oban Wards 4 and 5 by Spock.
As a member of the audience at the so-called “hustings” last night, I was disappointed to find that the whole event became a SNP rant on the performance of the Council over the last few years. Very little in the way of candidate policies emerged. Much more in the way of attrition and stage managed attacks on individuals within the Council were displayed. I am not surprised that some candidates declined to attend.
If the SNP gain control of the Council I can only fear for the future, based on what I heard and saw last night. For example, Oban has tremendous potential as a transport hub for the highlands and islands. However, the SNP seem hell bent on withdrawing funding which would result in closing down the airport at Connel. Whilst they may have concerns over the Oban pontoon proposals, they seem to lack understanding of how this could help increase tourism and local businesses. Where is the vision and what is the sense in doing this? There was plenty of negativity and criticism but very little in the way of suggestions of what could be achieved.
Recent comments by Spock
- SNP endgame: they ALL walked
They should all resign as Councillors to enable a fresh election. Then we can see how popular the SNP is as a prospective party for running or even being part of the A&B Council.
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The total annual running cost for the two vessels which serve Easdale , including the removal of waste was £194,263.28 for the year 2010/11. This works out at approximately £3,200 per resident, assuming a population of 60. How does this compare with the cost of maintaining the residents at Struan Lodge?
I would agree with Lowry that it represents a considerable drain on Council resources that should be urgently addressed, especially at a time when budgets are under pressure.
As for Eilean Eisdeal, I sincerely hope that the initiative by two Eilean Eisdeal directors to join the Residents Association is genuine and not a cynical ploy for some ulterior motive. After all, it was not that long ago that Eilean Eisdeal directors publicly declared that they did not recognise the Island Residents Association.
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Perhaps VisitScotland were afraid that the local knowledge might include the whereabouts of the wind farms in Argyll.
- Scotland against Spin [wind turbines, that is] ask for petition signatures
Perhaps Newsroom can remind us of how Mackenzie allegedly tried to mislead ForArgyll in the not too distant past. Was it something to do with the number of court cases brought against him?
- Negotiations on Seafari Adventures’ proposed fuel facility at Ellenabeich
At one time, Seafari staff were more often seen refuelling the boats whilst moored at the Ellenabeich jetty than in the Sound. The same jetty is used by the passenger ferry to Easdale Island.
It is hoped that the consultees, particularly HSE, insist on sensible safety conditions if the planning application is successful.
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