Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by john.
I totally agree with D Grahams point.
Mike Russell relayed information to SNP candidate Breslin, without having the courtesy of also informing the leader of the councillor.
His words were however that he pursue and support the retention of the money, not any promise that it would actually happen.
I cannot see how, if SNP councillors are asked to vote on ANY matter that could be beneficial to Argyll & Bute, but opposes central Gov policy, can they vote without follwing SNP policy.
They let down Dunoon and Cowal over their promises of the ferry service, what chance of anything beneficial for this area?
Elaine Robertson has stated she will vote on a case-by- case basis, hardly an endorsement of joining an aliance with SNP.
john also commented
- So, Dr McKenzie agrees that Mike Russell only said he would do his utmost to sort it out, but this is completely different from the response given by Mr.Breslin at the hustings. He said that Mike Russsell had said there would not be a problem.
A problem not existing, and one which needs attention and sorting out, are two completely different things.
Of course so are promises to provide vehicular/passenger carrying ferries and then not supplying them
Recent comments by john
- Argyll and Bute Council to face legal challenge on state aid over Oban CHORD project?
It was also announced yesterday that the Dunoon CHORD project, which is not past design stage yet even after 7 years, is to cost £500,000 more than anticipated. Already suggestions therefore that the project will be reduced in size.
This is a complete shambles and the blame must lie with the council not proceeding in a timeous manner, but instead employing consultant after consultant, designer after designer,and having meeting after meeting.
It is extremely doubtful if the majority of the CHORD projects will ever come to fruition, and if they do,will be vastly different and on a reduced scales to what were originally accepted and agreed.
Perhaps its time to call a halt on ALL the projects and instead use what little money there is on improving services and retaining a freeze on council tax( Are you reading this Clr Freeman?)
- Council change of administration now in effect
At last the council appears to be on a sound footing, with long serving and experienced councillors in charge.
Dick Walsh has proven to be a person with great knowledge of the council workings and has amazing ability to source monies that officers often try to hide. Robert McIntyre has shown he is a most able Chair of the Bute & Cowal area Committee, Ellen Morton, whilst not eveyone’s cup of tea, does reflect a wealth of council knowledge and the ability to get things done, and apart from a few obvious exceptions, the administration now seems to have the ability to comprehend the problems and do what is necessary to put Argyll & Bute Council back on track for the benefit of all the electorate in the area.
As for the SNP, their inability to do much right, would appeaer, hopefully, to be the last nail in the “YES vote for Devolution” coffin.
- Trouble in Transport Scotland on Deputy First Minister’s documented offer to Dunoon-Gourock Ferry Action Group
There is concern that Western Ferries might still make legal challenge if a vehicular service was put on the “town centre to town centre route”.
If this were to happenn then Gordon Ross would have to reconsider resigning, as he is on the Board of the PA23 Bid Committee, and this committee and the BID is supposedly to make improvements to the town centre to attract locals AND visitors. The Dunoon businesses have always maintained that vehicle ferry service and a fit-for-purpose passenger service must land at Dunoon, not Hunters Quay, if they are to increase/sustain business. Are those businesses that voted YES to the BID, aware that a Board member is totally oppposed to the provision of such a ferry service?
- The Gourock-Dunoon feasibility study
again you refer to Dunoon residents as ” dissatisfied natives”, and even worse “noisily demanding children”
This is a disgraceful way to describe people who live in Argyll, especially from a so-called newspaper that titles itself FOR ARGYLL
A newspaper, and a department that calls itself NEWSROOM, should be stating facts only and not biased opinion. If you wish to make a general comment on the supporters of the centre to centre ferry provision, then this should be done separately in EDITORIAL.
Better still in order not to reflect your vindictive nature, you should resign and the paper owners employ a proper journalist
- SNP Argyll meltdown: the band plays on
Really Newsie, you should get more up to date info….try reading Cowal Courier.
The “new ” administration no longer exists, as last night(the 27th) another three SNP councillors accepted their SNP Party ruling and rather than resign from SNP, have left the 4 day old administration. Now Robb, some of his cohorts, Morton and Mulvaney, are out in the cold again.
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