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15 December 2017Tree Festival

Christine Woods, with others from Helensburgh Community Council, has decorated our tree at the Tree Festival at URC Church in West Princes Street.  Thanks to Christine and the other volunteers for their efforts.  Do go along and see all the trees at the URC for the remainder of this week.

18 November 2017Weeding in the Square - Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came along to help weed in Colquhoun Square this morning.  This was the next step in moving towards a sustainable, and maintainable, approach to the greenery in the Square.

15 November 2017Participation in the Roads Infrastructure of Helensburgh

The Community Council recently had approval from Argyll & Bute Council to participate as partners in maintaining the serviceability of our roads infrastructure in the town. The infrastructure covers the maintenance and serviceability standards of roads and pavements, road signage, traffic signs and street lighting.

We need the assistance of the community to compile a list of problems in these areas of interest and therefore request your assistance to send us details via this website so  that we can compile a list for corrective action. Please give as precise details as possible and thank you for your support.

15 November 2017Stalled Spaces in Helensburgh

At the October meeting of the Community Council the subject of stalled spaces within the town boundary was raised. This is the identification of any land or unoccupied/boarded-up/derelict buildings which we can refer to the authorities in Argyll & Bute for owner identification and the start of improvement/remedial action. The aim is to improve the ambience of the town. However, we need the community's help to cover the whole town for these stalled spaces and present a composite picture.

Send us any details by email via the feedback page on this website; either an address or location is sufficient, and we will process the action with Argyll & Bute Council. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

24 October 2017Hermitage Park - access

Many people think that Hermitage Park is completely closed while the restoration work is going on.  This is not the case - the park is open from Grant Street through to the Victoria Halls entrance (although this happened to be closed just for this morning for the laying of tarmac on this path).  Do take the chance to see some of the work that is going on, as well as enjoying a walk in the park!

For more information, see the Friends of Hermitage Park's Facebook page.

24 October 2017Convener's Helensburgh Advertiser column - Oct 2017

Speed Limits

A number of mothers and indeed members of the public have expressed concern at the increase in the speed of vehicles in the town. Since most drivers will have family members and children of their own, it is time to think of the consequences of excess speed and keep to the speed limits.

Parking                                       

A vexed subject at the best of times anywhere in the UK. In Helensburgh, we would make a plea for considerate parking to be the order of the day. In other words, be neighbourly, and think of others when you park in public parking areas. The parking on pavements should also be discouraged by all vehicle drivers. The deterioration to pavements is only a matter of time.

Funding of Projects

The Community Council has been fortunate to gain funding for two projects in the town. The first award is to bring a number of Health & Wellbeing initiatives to bear on the community. The second award concerns the purchase of material towards the improvement to the shrub beds in Colquhoun Square. We hope to start this in the near future and will be calling upon our band of volunteers to assist us. 

Community Empowerment

We have held the second of our meetings with Argyll & Bute officials concerning the community participation on roads infrastructure in the town. These are early days but hopeful in their outcome. The participation request was agreed by Argyll & Bute Council and it now requires a process of consultation and engagement to make the town’s roads, pavements, street furniture, parking and signage the best they possibly can be in the face of funding shortfalls. We shall be calling on the community for assistance to ensure that we gather all the information necessary to make our side of the arrangement work effectively.

Traffic Warden

A traffic warden in the town is a necessary facet in our modern society and does not deserve the daily occurrence of abuse directed towards him in the execution of his duty. There might be repercussions for such bad behaviour.

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