We have just received the following statement on this matter:
‘In accordance with the Argyll and Bute SNP manifesto commitment to positive community engagement and open and accountable local government, the SNP council candidates group today unanimously agreed to a review of the design of Colquhoun Square within the Helensburgh CHORD Project.
‘This will be one of the first actions of any SNP led administration and will involve minimal delay and cost, if any. There will be an informal referendum based on real choice and council officers are already working on this.
‘SNP Campaign Leader, Councillor Roddie McCuish said “Our team in Helensburgh and Lomond, James Robb, Richard Trail and Ken Smith, made clear to us the strength of local feeling on this matter. We will ensure that the people of Helensburgh are properly consulted on this and given real choices to reflect their views. This should all be completed in a few weeks which is not unreasonable given it is over six months since other local councillors insisted it was too late for change and the already four month delay due to tender failures. With a more acceptable Colquhoun Square proposal agreed the CHORD project will press on without any further delay or impediment to planned events”
Note: Councilor James Robb of Helensburgh had withdrawn a motion he submitted to the Executive committee meeting tomorrow, since it would have automatically have been defeated by an administration block vote. This would have caused post-election problems, with the rule that issues in defeated motions cannot be resurrected for six months. (Councillor Robb’s motion, seconded by Councillor Glen-Lee, is currently Item 25 on the published agenda but has been withdrawn in advance of the meeting,)