‘You know it will happen, yet never think it will’ – Argyll MP’s reaction after Westminster attack


ARGYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has spoken of his shock following the attack on the Houses of Parliament.

At 2.40pm on Wednesday March 22 a man drove a car along a pavement on Westminster Bridge, killing at least two pedestrians and injuring many more. The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.

The attacker, carrying a knife, ran to parliament where he was confronted by the police. An unarmed police officer, PC Keith Palmer, was stabbed and killed.

The attacker

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Snowfall greets spring as trunk road blocked

Photo: Ross MacDonald

Police and BEAR Scotland personnel work to get traffic moving. Photo: Ross MacDonald

IT TOOK less than a day following the spring equinox for mother nature to remind us that winter might not yet have gone.

The second day of spring saw early morning snow, hail sleet and thunder hit western Scotland on Tuesday March 21.

The main road artery serving Argyll, the A83 trunk road, was closed for around two hours as vehicles struggled to climb the ascent to the Rest and be Thankful from Butterbridge.

A spokesperson for trunk road management firm BEAR Scotland said: ‘Police Scotland closed the A83 for a short period at the Rest and be Thankful to allow teams to safely clear the route following

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Tremor hits Argyll

Photo: British Geological Survey

Photo: British Geological Survey

REPORTS have been received of an earth tremor felt by people around Argyll.

The tremor struck at around 4.30pm on Tuesday January 24. Advertiser readers from Kennacraig to Strachur and from Tighnabruaich to Ardfern report that houses ‘shook’ and dogs were spooked, with some describing it ‘like a big lorry going past’, which gradually tailed off.

The British Geological Survey has confirmed that there was ‘an event’ in the Argyll area at around 4.30pm and it was picked

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Shocked Sybil recognised as farming stalwart


ONE OF the best-loved figures in Scottish farming has been given the first-ever Argyll and the Isles ‘stalwart’ award. You might recognise her from BBC series This Farming Life.

Read the full story in the January 20, 2017 edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser.

The beavers are back

Photo: Scottish Beaver Trial

Photo: Scottish Beaver Trial

BEAVERS are to be allowed to stay in Mid Argyll, the Scottish Government has announced.

But environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the species will have to be actively managed, in line with practices in other European countries.

Work has now begun to ensure beavers can be added to Scotland’s list of protected species as soon as possible. It will be the first time a mammal has been officially reintroduced to the UK.

A five-year-long trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers to Knapdale concluded

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Police issue urgent witness appeals


POLICE officers in Argyll are looking for help from the public concerning two recent incidents.

Housebreaking in Furnace

A house on the Loch Fyne side of the A83 trunk road, near the main Furnace village junction, was broken into between 1.30pm on Tuesday April 5 and 2.15pm on Wednesday April 6. Cash and other items were stolen.

Road Traffic Collision – A83 Clachan

About 12.30pm on Wednesday April 6 on the A83 a mile south of Clachan, Kintyre, a silver Honda Civic collided with a white

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Argyll responds to humanitarian crisis

Working at the Lochgilphead Parish Church collection point, left to right, Jo Bowden and Ethan, Jenny Pendreigh, Janie Murphy and Brianna and Rev Hilda Smith.

Working at the Lochgilphead Parish Church collection point, left to right, Jo Bowden and Ethan, Jenny Pendreigh, Janie Murphy and Brianna and Rev Hilda Smith.

A CHURCH of Scotland minister has praised the ‘generosity and kindness’ of the people of Argyll in response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe.

Shocking media images of a small boy lying face down in the sand on a Turkish beach played no small part in spurring ordinary people into action. Donations have been handed in to various collection points, including Lochgilphead Parish Church.

Mid Argyll addiction service contract process criticised

drug adddiction services

The manager of an addiction support service in Mid Argyll has spoken out about the award of a £1.25 million council contract that put him out of a job.

Peter Garrett of Ardrishaig’s Encompass was the manager of the alcohol and addiction support service for nine years.

For more on this story, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 15 2015, also available online.

A83 landslides solution may be decades away

A83 from old military road

A council leader fears it could be a generation before a solution is found for the landslides problem on the A83 at The Rest and Be Thankful.

At a meeting of the transportation committee at Kilmory, Dick Walsh, leader of Argyll and Bute Council, demanded that a solution to landslides and road closures on the A83 trunk road be found as soon as possible.

Read the full report in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 24 2015, also available online.

Homeowner pleads with housing association over repairs bills

Malcolm Smith Tarbert

A homeowner desperate for answers has spoken out after he says he has been repeatedly ‘fobbed off’ by a housing association.

Malcolm Smith, 51, of Tarbert, has been in his Oakhill flat for 30 years.

But he says  Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has  ignored his pleas and invoices for cash toward repairs he has carried out on the building.

ACHA says Mr Smith has still to provide the appropriate paperwork.

See the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April

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