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Comment posted Argyll and the Isles hits warp speed by neil macintyre.

For Scruff.
Do you mean the mean the hourly rate the owners would be working for is less than the minimum wage due to the hours they put in.Or are the overheads so tight they have less money to take personnally.Traditionally the hotels have been poor payers but compensating with accomadation thrown in.I would very much doubt that the gift shops and woollen mill shops in Oban are big payers and even the clothes shops must be struggling against the online market.So it would be interesting to see a survey of costs and wages across the whole sector to get a clearer picture.As one owner brought up a good point about the charity shops being excempt from rates but if you are the owner of that property and you rent to the charity you still pick up your cash.Is that a valid point?
The BIDS project in Oban has stuttered so far, so we have to to wait to see what the local buisness people want to do.Tesco wanting to pull out has upset a lot of people so I am not upto date on the latest state of play.Anybody got the latest news.The latest story in the town has been over a possible move by the council to compulsory purchase EUSK and PIAZZA on the pier because OF THE lORN ARC project and the need to extend the pier.Hopefully this nonsense will prove to be unfounded because these are top class facilities and a big employer.A couple more cruise liners getting to come into the bay will not create any more jobs.
Just fishing for information from business people or anyone who is self employed on what they think could help them survive and maybe expand their business.
Power to the People.

neil macintyre also commented

  • For Newsroom.
    Just to add a bit to the tourism debate.
    Sorry this is about Oban but just been given some figures about the passenger numbers from the cruise ships and the income we get from it.Last year 6,000 came ashore and gave us an income of £3,ooo.That was seemingly 75% of passengers which seems to me a very poor return?These are the councils own figures I am assured but I have done a FOI just to get confirmation.My question for debate surrounds the harbour project and the spending of £1.8 million to extend the pier and put in pontoons and for what return.Will it make any difference?Do we need 2 sets of pontoons?Could the money be spent on better projects?Love to get a bit of feedback and I will put the results of my FOI up as soon as I get it.
  • Toilets would be handy in Oban right now. The poor visitors coming of the buses at the old bowling alley are doing a highland dance waiting at the railway station toilet, thats if its open.Clean well maintained public facilities and enough staff do the job properly give your local area pride before all the big projects.Remember the idea from the council, they would pay a toilet levy to shop owners for letting the public use their toilets.No toilets,no parking unless you know a local councillor for a permit.Thats a good one he could advise visitors how to get free parking when they visit Oban.As somebody who lives in Oban I am waiting to see how these grand plans materalize the track record for the council is not good, as Paul Keegan on the airport fiasco has excellently described.So we watch with interest and hope for the best.
    Power to the People.
  • Cheers Scruff.

Recent comments by neil macintyre

  • Kieron Green wins Oban North and Lorn by-election to Argyll and Bute Council
    Brilliant news Kieron.
    As the leader of the Labour group in the council I look forward to working with you and I hope it will encourage more young people to come forward to help change the council.
    To have to give up your job for this shows how committed you are.
    Our early morning leaflet delivery must have helped.

    Cheers Neil.

  • The Argyll budget crisis and the failure to abandon game playing
    Right on the money Linda.
    I certainly felt sorry for the parents watching what was just a pantomime last Thursday.
    The cuts to special needs support and classroom assistants will never go ahead and should never have been put in the consultation in the first place.As you rightly say when the hard decisions have to be made we have everyone jumping ship but no surprise there.
    As for councillors expenses which Michael Russell is keen to cut he needs to get his SNP colleagues on the council to agree.
    When Councillor Freeman asked for support to stop increases to responsibility payments only 5 councillors supported him which I was one.
    The SNP councillors sat on there hands and did not vote apart from one who registered a NO vote.
    Councils across Scotland are having to make very hard decisions due to lack of cash and in Argyll we have to concentrate all our efforts to save as many jobs and services that we can and that should be the priority not the sad political games being played by the three tenors.

    Cheers Councillor Neil MacIntyre.

  • How to kill one of the most important businesses for Oban: Arygll and Bute Council strikes again
    Interesting article newsie and its great that it has generated so much interest.
    Mr MacLeod will be coming along to the business day next week to discuss his access, not the new building, which he is not against.
    His problem is with the open space which he thinks Will affect his business.
    Mr MacLeod on the 17th of December in a very friendly correspondence with Roddy on a different matter asked if the council could be persuaded to buy him out, as it would save on car parking and hassle.
    Signing off with “Awra best Alan”.
    Taking a slagging on different issues is part of the job so I am fine with that but I think on this one it would have been nice to be asked for our side of the story, to give it a bit of balance.
    It might not be everyone,s cup of tea but badly needed toilets and showers incorporated in the building will help visitors and locals alike. I like the idea of just pedestrians along the pier side as there is very little room on that side and I am sure it will help the tourist office at the Columba corner.
    I certainly can,t see how this development will stop people from finding and enjoying these fine restaurants and now that we have the Transit Marina plans taking shape and the work on Stafford Street ready to go I hope people will enjoy the changes.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Breslin sticks to the trail on Castle Toward and exposes more council manoeuvres
    Obviously I will be supporting Mary in her campaign for election next year but with Roddy being approached to stand and the financial backing in place if he takes up the offer it would certainly make the election debates a minefield of information.
    I hope he gives it a go he will not win but just imagine the crack.
    Well all the best for the New Year folks it has been an enjoyable few months since I was elected I have certainly found working with everybody has been pretty straightforward on the committee’s I am involved with which is great and the way it should be.
    Linda I promised you an interview to go over my first few months
    in the council and see how things have gone.
    If it’s okay with you it would be better to wait till Castle Toward, Rockfield and Kilbowie are concluded then I can talk openly on them along with the Chord and TIF projects.
    Hope it stays dry for the street party in Oban and again Happy New Year to everyone.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Brilliant Mary it is great news for Argyll.

    Cheers Neil.

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