Comment posted McCuish announces details of ‘team fit to build recovery in Argyll and Bute’ by Common Sense.
And don’t let Vivien Dance anywhere near the Planning Committee in future! Her close links with property developers in Helensburgh make her unfit to serve on that committee in a proper way. Send her elsewhere!
Recent comments by Common Sense
- Argyll and Bute Council: the horsetrading begins
Unlike most correspondents, I have no strong political views and am not aligned to any political party. But I do know James Robb well as my local ward councillor and am appalled by all the personal attacks on him made by too many people who appear to lack common decency. Do they actually know James or are they simply getting on a cheap political bandwagon? If you really knew the guy you would soon realise he’s decent, straightforward local councillor who tries hard to represent those who elected him, rather than pursue his own gain. He’s says what he thinks, rather than necessarily what you might want to hear, but in my view that’s a strength not a weakness.
Has Argyll and Bute now become ungovernable? Would it be best split up into five councils or at least managed more as five separate areas? We all know that savings must be found and whatever the details of the accounts, James Robb was at least trying to face up to that. But proposed cuts always create enemies. If every time savings are proposed, the councillors for that area threaten to destroy the administration, however constructed, then Argyll and Bute would certainly be ungovernable. So if that’s what going to happen on a regular basis from now on, why not simply divide the council budget proportionately into five and tell each area committee to get on and sort out what cuts need to be made in their own areas. Let them keep their sacred cows if they want, but only if they then find sacred sheep to slaughter instead.
So perhaps your correspondents could stop blaming one councillor or another in what seem rather childish comments and face up to the bigger issue – however do you get Argyll and Bute to work as an effective organisation when cuts need to be made somewhere and real power is split in so many different directions?
- Council follows through: tree replacement order served on Osborne Interiors
The trees to be replanted are required to be between 175 and 200 cm high, primarily because trees of this size are more likely to survive in the long term. Those who wish to see the actual replanting notice can find it at http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/sites/default/files/planning-and-environment/140213_0.pdf.
The wooden fence has been erected without planning permission and the council can therefore serve an enforcement notice against that as well. The council is also entitled under the Land Reform Act 2003 to require public access to the site. HCWG believes this should happen as soon as the replanting order has been implemented, if not before.
- Community Woodland Group take initiative: public meeting on Helensburgh’s Castle Woods
HCWG does not yet have a website, although we are in the process of setting one up. However, we do have an email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have contacted Donna through her website http://savemiltonwoods.com/ Everyone should take a look at this – – yet another fine woodland under threat.
- So what is happening at Helensburgh’s Jutland Court?
Castle Woods is certainly not in the dire state suggested by this comment, even though it has not been properly managed for many years. It contains some really fine specimens – oak, ash, beech and holly – and if well managed, could provide a direct link from Duchess Woods right through to West King Street. That’s why Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group will shortly be producing a draft management plan for Castle Woods to show how it could be enhanced and looked after for everyone’s benefit.
Jutland Court is an entirely separate issue – it could easily be demolished and redeveloped without any need to encroach on Castle Woods. This is what HCWG wants to see. If the developers try to hold the council and community to ransom by saying that they will leave Jutland Court to decay unless they are allowed to destroy Castle Woods, they should be treated with the contempt such an attitude would deserve. Incidentally, Catherine’s comments about HCWG members tipping rubbish into the Cumberland Avenue site and removing play equipment (where does she mean?) are wholly inaccurate. Our campaign at Cumberland Avenue is focused on ensuring the area is replanted and retained as an Open Space Protection Area and our members have been working hard to see this happen.
- LibDem politicians visit eyesore felled site at Helensburgh’s Cumberland Avenue
When will Argyll and Bute Council take action to get this site cleared up and replanted? Will it be allowed to remain an eyesore indefinitely? As it’s still covered by a Tree Preservation Order and assigned as an Open Space Protection Area, it’s the council’s responsibility to bring the landowner to book and insist that the mess be cleared up & the site restored. This needs to be done very soon, so that we don’t miss another winter planting season. Local residents will be grateful to any politician who can get the council moving on this one, be they SNP, Labour, Lib Dem, Tory, independent or otherwise. So thanks Alan & Aileen for coming to take a look, as James Robb and Jackie Baillie have previously done.
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