Local news from the Community Council

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.


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.

27 September 2017West Esplanade Beach Clean - September

The final clean of the season will take place on Saturday 30 September from 10.00 - 12.00. Meet at the pier toilets. We would like to meet up with as many volunteers as possible who have been with us all year, so a good turnout would be great. As a small thank you there will be cakes and refreshments on offer - but only after the clean!!

22 September 2017Doors Open Day

'Doors Open Day' takes place this weekend in Helensburgh.  

You will see full details about what is going on at http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/find-a-building/?area=7498#

During Doors Open Days, Helensburgh Heritage Trust is also giving a number of guided tours and you can see the details at http://www.helensburgh-heritage.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1422:helensburgh-doors-open-next-weekend&catid=101:headlines&Itemid=539

17 September 2017Revisiting the Glasgow School of Art exhibition

On 2nd September, members of Helensburgh Community Council visited the Glasgow School of Arts students who had kindly brought their work to Helensburgh over the summer.  The occasion was the GSA's Graduate Degree Show.  Attached are a few picture of the students and their work - best wishes to them all in their future careers.


12 September 2017Community Participation in Roads Infrastructure in Helensburgh

The Helensburgh Community Council has a statutory duty under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to:

“…ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable”

The expectations of the Helensburgh community for clean pavements, well-maintained roads and street lighting, logical parking arrangements and clear traffic signage came a step closer with a recent meeting between the Community Council and Argyll & Bute Roads and Amenity Services to address these issues.

The catalyst for this meeting lay in the Participation Request for consultation and partnership contained in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which the Community Council submitted to Argyll & Bute Council in May 2017. The Request has been agreed and work will now start on this new journey into a mutually beneficial future which will enhance the town.

12 September 2017Convener's Helensburgh Advertiser column

Personal Responsibility for the Collective Good

The awards ceremony for young volunteers taking part in the Youth Forum and GIVE programmes took place last week. It was heartening to see 72 youngsters gain awards for a variety of skills that they can apply to community life. The ethos of taking personal responsibility for the collective good of the town is one we should all take heed of.

Helensburgh Station Disturbances

There is a great deal of public unease at the moment concerning the disruptive actions of juveniles in and around the station. You are assured that all agencies involved are energetically tackling this complex problem and all actions, that are possible under the circumstances, are being taken.

Summer Events

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking individual members of the Community Council for their efforts in bringing two new features into our summer. The Glasgow School of Art Exhibition and the Helensburgh Food Festival were a success and brought a new dimension to community life.

Community Council Initiatives

The Community Council has a number of initiatives in progress:

· Participation in the town roads infrastructure – first meeting 6 September

· Participation in the Waterfront Project – pending

· Monthly Beach cleans – now more than six months old and functioning well; good community volunteer support.

· Weed clean Colquhoun Square – a continuing event, until funding is approved to re-plant the shrubbery in the Square.

· We intend to concentrate a new focus on town environmental issues, principally recycling and litter, in the first instance.

Town Enhancements

We are seeking to make progress on three improvements to the town’s appearance:

· The first is to get the railway bridges at the Railway Station and at Craigendoran repainted, supporting a long-standing ambition of Cllr Aileen Morton on the subject.

· The second is to renew/repaint the three town entry signs.

· The third is to renovate the Rennie Mackintosh lampposts at the Hill House.

You, the public, will have your own ideas, which we would very much like to hear. We are open to any suggestions to add to the list - you can contact us through our website.

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