Lack of design information is one of the reasons why the CHORD work on Helensburgh’s seafront fell behind schedule, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.
The October meeting of the project board was held almost entirely behind closed doors, with Argyll and Bute Council saying contracts were affected so documents had to remain private.
But now a heavily redacted version of the agenda has been released after an FOI request, and appears publicly here for the first time.
It reveals that at the end of August contractors Maclay’s were given extra time ‘because of drainage, ground conditions, lighting and provision of design information’.
Further information can be found here - http://thelochsidepress.com/2013/11/26/opinion-chord-delayed-by-drainage-lights-and-designs/
18/11: The Katie Morag Story
When you have visited any of the Scottish Islands by ferry, you realise just how much the community depends on the arrival of the ferry. If the ferry can't run for any reason, the canny locals have to fall back on the store cupboard to see them through until the next delivery arrives. For the same reason, goods made on the islands to be exported to the mainland or further afield depend on the ferry service to get to market. It can be tricky.
MacGillivray's Scottish Gifts in Helensburgh have a great stock of the Katie Morag books, more popular than ever now because of the new television programme being aired on the CBeebies television channel. The make great birthday and Christmas gifts.
17/11: The Best of Scotland
The Scottish Thistle Awards Ceremony was held yesterday in Stirling Castle. The winner was the Crieff Hydro Hotel, run by Stephen Leckie who is the fifth generation of the Leckie family to manage the hotel.
There were 14 other awards:
Best Tour Operator Programme of the Year Award - HAGGiS Adventures
Training and Skills Development Award - Mercat Tours
Tourism Entrepreneur Award - Rabbie's Small Group Tours
Best Café, Bar or Restaurant Award - Loch Leven's Larder
Best Guest House or Bed & Breakfast Award - Ardtorna
Best Sporting Event Award - The Tour of Britain
Partnership in Tourism Award - VisitLanarkshire
Best Nature Based Experience Award - Aigas Field Centre
Best Hotel Award - Duisdale House Hotel
Best Visitor Attraction Award - The Glenlivet Distillery & Visitor Centre
Best Shopping Experience Award - Johnstons of Elgin
Best Cultural Event Award - Tiree Music Festival
Best Self-Serve Accommodation Award - Whitefalls Spa Lodges
Marketing Campaign of the Year Award - Wilderness Scotland
Congratulations to everyone who took part and particularly to the winners.