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
- Storm tally and situation review
How about leaving the ‘perspective’ for 24 hours until the other consequences – well beyond Tiree – become apparent?
- The Castle Toward affair: more puzzles
This might give ‘multitasking’ a whole new meaning, in the same way that the council meetings seem to benefit from a novel application of the ‘just in time’ production philosophy to the ‘delivery’ of information to councillors just before they’re required to reach a decision.
Probably also linked to the ‘need to know’ principle of keeping as many people as possible ‘in the dark’ for as long as possible, in the interests of efficient, smooth and hassle-free administration.
And let’s not forget the notion of ‘corporate responsibility’ – swim together, sink together?
- Storm tally and situation review
Just now the BBC Travel news website shows the Rest as reopened, but shows the A82 closed both north of Tarbet and to the south, at Arden. It also shows the A83 closed near Kennacraig.
The Traffic Scotland website, on the other hand, only mentions the A82 closure north of Tarbet, and for spells of no more than 15 minutes.
There seems to be room for improving the information, and maybe even increasing the computers’ vocabularies to overcome their propensity for occasionally spouting nonsense.
- Transport Scotland warns travellers to prepare for strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning
There’s a link on the STV website – no West Highland services, or to the north of Inverness, and not many even in the Central Belt. I can’t remember the last time a bad weather forecast led to such widespread planned shut down.
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service explains investigation process for Clutha helicopter
The Glasgow Herald now reports that – following the fatal crash of the same model of helicopter (an air ambulance) in Hungary – the European aviation safety watchdog was told three years ago to recommend that all twin-engined helicopters used by emergency services be fitted with black-box recorders.
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