With Clyde Coastguard now consigned to history and one of the last occupants of the Ministry of Defence buildings on the headland at Greenock, the future of the buildings is becoming a matter of considerable local concern.
Scotland West MSP, Stuart McMillan, has, as we reported, written to the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, asking for clarification of the MoD’s intentions.
An inspector who visited these buildings around three years ago has reported to us that, even then, they were in poor condition, with a lot of water ingress and with internal sections closed off by scaffolding because they were unsafe.
The buildings have also, for some time, been in little use for their scale.
It is likely that, at some stage, they will be disposed of by the Ministry of Defence, with their strategic position at the choke of the inner Firth in relation to Faslane perhaps, with technological developments, less militarily relevant that in earlier days.
With the buildings in this reported condition, it would seem probable that disposal would see them demolished for development.
The site offers at least 270 degrees of stunning views, with the boat club below on the eastern shore of the headland, the long and lovely Greenock esplanade sweeping away eastwards along the Clyde waterway and sports grounds across the road.
The most likely use would be spacious high end apartments with an enviable outlook, alongside some useful and attractive retail facilities at ground level.
The nature and position of the site would demand architectural vision in such an enterprise but would be capable of adding significantly to the economic development of the Greenock-Gourock continuum.