Comment posted RIP Helensburgh town centre: Waitrose out of town location approved by Robert Wakeham.
It’s easy to grump about the Co-op, but despite the muttering it does serve Argyll pretty well – and I don’t think I’m imagining it to say that it’s improved its ‘offer’ steadily over the years
Robert Wakeham also commented
- It’s surely unlikely that Waitrose – despite its ‘value’ range – will put the town centre Co-op out of business, isn’t it?
- So what does the Co-op need to do to improve its service – and doesn’t Helensburgh support a reasonable deli in the town?
- A ‘Helensburger’? – now there’s an idea.
- I wonder whether ‘mitgation’ acted as the proverbial carrot?
- Too right that ‘no one wants to see Helensburgh die on its feet’, but could there be other factors involved in the decline of the town centre? Only last week the boss of Sainsburys (probably aiming at the planners) suggested that town centres abandoned by the retail sector should concentrate on residential uses, and – however brutal and self-serving that suggestion – he was probably right, for some places. Maybe this will be a wake-up call for Helensburgh – it’s slightly off the beaten track, maybe not much more than a Glasgow commuter suburb disguised as a town? – and unfortunately has become cut off from fellow communities on the shores of the lower Clyde. That’s the impression I get, as an outsider.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
Why much to your surprise? – it’s a mile or so longer via Inveraray, but avoids the slow, tedious stretch of the A82 at the top end of Loch Lomond, where large vehicles struggle to pass each other or might even have to back up.
I presume that’s why the Citylink bus route is via Inveraray, and I’m told that many hgv drivers prefer to go via Inveraray.
- Scottish Islands Federation starts signing up MEPs to election pledge – and Mull gets in first
‘People choose to live on islands for many reasons’ – choose? – for a lot of people it’s not a choice, it’s their ancestral home – and don’t forget that we’re all islanders of one sort or another.
- Oban Councillor raises issue of closure of town’s only play park
So how much money is closure of the play park saving? And what do the council propose to do with the equipment that John Sinclair thinks was partly funded by others? Let it decay? Flog it to a scrap merchant?
- UK response to the Russia-Crimea situation: selfies, posturing and dangerous old hat
And an hour earlier on R4 there was 15 minutes of Mary Ann Sieghart exploring Vladimir Putin’s view of the world, and this too was also very illuminating.
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
I should add that any new bridge worth the name, be it low level gulley crossing or high level viaduct, would need a parapet design to combat the sort of crosswinds that are violent enough to knock hgvs off the road, especially at Butterbridge and the north end of Loch Restil.
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