Comment posted Helensburgh retailers full of positivity – for town centre Waitrose by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
It is worth highlighting that the complainant has the right to take his/her complaint to the Standards Commission regardless of the decision taken by the CEO. The Commission will generally look to ensure the complainant has gone to the LA first and only come to them if not satisfied with the response received.
If the CEO determines there is no requirement for the Commission to get involved and the complainant feels this is not a satisfactory answer then they should make clear the grounds for their dissatisfaction with the CEO’s reasoning in that secondary complaint (which is really just reiterating your grounds for complaint in the first place).
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- I also note that Ko Samui gets over 1.5 million tourists a year without having a supermarket on a pier. So based on that it would appear all we need to do in Helensburgh is buy in white sandy beaches, coral reefs, coconut trees and an average temprature that never drops below 24 centigrade all year round and is regularly in the 30s!
- I don’t think it is really a question about accidents to date and more a question of how significant is the increased risk due to increased traffic levels. Having a new supermarket situated there is clearly going to increase traffic levels both from the Helensburgh direction and Cardross direction.
Traffic management and road design are obviously vital in terms of reducing this risk.
I also agree that there are traffic problems in and around the pierhead as it is and putting a supermarker there will also require careful consideration of traffic management.
- I don’t think turning this into some sort of class battle is all that productive. Based on the numbers in the surveys that have been referenced I very much doubt it is just Lomond School parents who want the supermarket based opposite the Academy. There are many people who don’t have kids in either school and it just as likely that they make up a chunk of the votes.
I don’t have kids in either school but were they to be then they would be in the Academy – that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the safety of kids in Lomond and I think it is a bit sweeping to insinuate that Lomond parents as a an entire group don’t care about the safety of Academy kids.
- Also does anyone have a link to the Sainsbury survey results as I am concerned by this article in the Advertiser
which suggests 60% of those surveyed supported plans for a Pierhead supermarket.
Very much conscious of the ability foe newspaper headlines to not accurately portray a survey which is why I would be interested in seeing the actual survey, including the questions asked.
- Thanks for that PBP. I had a quick look on the the Community COuncil website. I notice in the summary it says (in relation to their survey):
‘The headlines figures show 40% (487) want a supermarket on the pier head and 50% (609) do not, the remaining 10% (120) being uncertain’
So whilst a majority for it is far from overwhelming and suggests the opinion is not as clear as you have suggested.
Looking at the questions in the survey I noticed Q5 If a supermarket was built on the pier head would you use local shops more, less, the same?
Was a similar question asked about whether local shops would be used more, less, the same if a supermarket was built in COlgrain? I couldn’t see that question and would have thought that was also a very important opinion to survey as it gets to the heart of the retailers concerns.
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll
- SNP Chairs and Members of Westminster Committees
I don’t have a problem with someone of Mhairi Black’s age being elected. I don’t think it can do politics any harm whatsoever to have some elected members who can better represent the aspirations of a more youthful section of society. I would have concerns if there was an excessive number of younger of politicians say in their twenties but it is highly unlikely that will ever be the case.
Would she have been elected if the SNP were not on such an upswing nationally? Probably not but you could say that about a lot of the other SNP MPs elected (and also of a lot of Labour ones in the past when Labour were the dominant party in Scotland).
She was heavily criticised during the campaign for some of the remarks he made about drinking (was it alcopops?) but that never really bothered me. She was still a student and if there two things that tend to happen at university it is drinking and hangovers! I also think too much was made of her remarks about Celtic – it wasn’t sectarianism if I recall correctly – it was just a few choice words on twitter – what percentage of people in the world use that sort of language from time to time, especially in their youth!
The head-butt remark was stupid and I doubt she will make that mistake again. It was borne out of frustration and naivety and she didn’t help herself by going on about No voters being selfish and gullible. However there are plenty of more experienced politicians who have mad similar remarks about No voters – not to mention posters on here who seem to think being a No voter makes you less Scottish, a very childish position to take.
However I wouldn’t want to put young people off an interest in becoming a politician by their mistakes when they are in their late teens or early twenties being used as a club to beat them with.
I do think her position on the Work & Pensions Select Committee is odd and maybe ill advised. I think, there are other committees where an inexperienced politician and person (and I mean that purely in terms of her age, not as a statement on her potential ability) might be better placed initially.
- Motion sends Scottish Parliament’s condolences on death of Sir Nicholas Winton, the British Schindler
It is quite amazing that he never made his actions public – they were only discovered by chance by his wife about 25 years ago. A remarkable man. Very fitting and just that he got to live a very long and full life.
- SNP Chairs and Members of Westminster Committees
There is a chuckle to be allowed at the fact that Jim Murphy was regularly criticised by SNP supporters for being a career politician who had no experience of working and now we have an SNP MP with no experience of working sitting on the ‘Work & Pensions Committee!
No criticism of Mhairi Black intended and I hope she does a great job. Just highlighting yet another case of total hypocrisy amongst ardent political party supporters.
- SNP alerts infantry to prepare to hunt out Carmichael
I tend to agree with JB on this. Alastair Carmichael did wrong, of that there is no doubt. I personally think he should stand down (but there are a few other politicians in all parties who should have done the same in the past and haven’t). However I just don’t see how pushing for this court case is merited given the other much more important priorities in Scotland right now.
The crowd fund is sitting at round about £60k just now (which was the target) – if this goes to full trial then that isn’t going to touch the sides of the total bill – it would surprise me greatly if the total bill (for both sides added together) ended up being south of £300k. Where that money is going to come from I am don’t know. The Lib Dems are refusing to comment on whether they are picking up Alastair Carmichael’s bill, who is going to be picking up the ‘people’s final bill if it does go to a full and length trial?
Yes we want fair and honest politics and yes we are not getting it. We didn’t get it from Carmichael but we also don’t get it from Tories, Labour or the SNP (and you can add other parties to the list at will). There are liars and cheats in every party, some on ‘lesser’ issues, some on greater issues. Those pushing for this wearing their SNP badges, including the main petition leaders, are blinded by party loyalty and the stench of hypocrisy is quite foul. All parties need to clean their act up but the ‘outrage’ at this particular incident whilst whistling innocently with a ‘nothing to see here’ attitude to their own ‘houses’ is a bit pathetic.
- Council cuts teacher numbers – without consultation – at Sandbank Gaelic Medium Unit
Whether it is in ‘crisis’ is debatable and is possibly overly dramatic language however Angela Constance herself has admitted that standards in literacy and numeracy are falling and Nicola Sturgeon whilst denying the Scottish education system is failing has admitted it isn’t doing well enough.
I think we can all acknowledge that politicians (of all parties) exaggerate their successes and downplay their failings so you can consider what Constance and Sturgeon are ‘admitting’ within that context.
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