Ward being demolished to make way for new mental health hospital

Microsoft Word - hospital plan 2014Argyll and Bute Hospital’s Tigh na Linne ward is to be demolished this month as the majority of mental health patients are being cared for in the community.

Tigh na Linne,an outbuilding of the main Victorian hospital in Lochgilphead,and nearby engineers workshop will be demolished to make way for a new mental health hospital.

NHS Highland has said workmen carrying out the demolition will be on site in the coming days.

Read the full details in the Argyllshire Advertiser,March 7 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Education could be way forward for Lochgilphead

Fraser Durie principal Argyll CollegeAn increase in educational opportunities for young people has been identified as one way of tackling Mid Argyll’s rapidly declining population.

Lochgilphead could become a hub of student activity as Argyll College,which is part of University of Highlands and Islands,looks to expand its curriculum.

Fraser Durie,principal of the college,said:‘We want to make sure that we have got something that is interesting for young people to make them stay in the area to study,but we want to identify areas where we can bring people to Argyll.’

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser,February 28 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertsier.co.uk/digital

A83 re-opens following Butterbridge landslide

Butterbridge landslideThe A83 re-opened on Monday February 24 following a landslide a Butterbridge around midday on Sunday February 23.

However,traffic lights continue to be in place and further short closures were expected during Monday.

This was to allow the removal of a  large boulder on the slope above  causing a damming effect and holding back further debris material.

A specialist contractor in conjunction with BEAR Scotland’s Geotechnical team  completed a preliminary design on Sunday evening and from early morning saw the finalising of the placement of charges to the boulder to allow a controlled procedure to be undertaken.

Bear Scotland warned that the operation to remove the boulder would require the road to be completely closed  with a controlled cordon set up .

An inspection of the slope will be undertaken  to establish stability and if required the carriageway swept of any debris prior to opening.

butterbridge landslide4The debris poured on to the road around midday on Sunday and BEAR Scotland were able to call on  Argyll-based contractors from Lochgilphead to  remove the debris and reshape the drainage ditches.

This was helped by the removal of the debris from site to a local approved disposal area enabling a quick turnaround of lorries.

The slip  occurred at a location which would not be remedied by use of the Old military Road.

Trunk roads contractors BEAR Scotland thanked the community in Argyll and Bute for their assistance during this incident including the sharing and distribution of information to their own wider contact groups through social media etc to spread the message that Argyll and Bute is open for business.

Diversions  are as follows when the road is closed:
Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich –Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally –Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance:58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray,turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally –Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum –Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich –Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance:58.8 miles.

For more news from Mid Argyll,see the Argyllshire Advertiser every Friday,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital


Argyll’s forgotten town

argyll street south 3Lochgilphead can no longer be ignored when it comes to plans for economic growth and regeneration,the three Mid Argyll councillors have said.

The call comes days after Argyll and Bute Council’s 2014-16 budget revealed Lochgilphead is the only Argyll town that does not have a serious regeneration plan.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,February 21 2014,also on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Alcohol action project deemed a success

Cala alcoholA two-year project to tackle alcohol misuse in Mid Argyll has been described as a success by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS).

Co-ordinated by AFS,Community Action Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig (CALA) has seen a number of initiatives launched in a bid to identify and solve alcohol issues.

This has included Mid Argyll Pubwatch,bags to warn about buying alcohol for under age drinkers,teacher training in primary schools and a number of alcohol free events.

See the whole story in the Argyllshire Advertiser,February 14 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Worst flooding in Tarbert for 20 years

DSC_0035Soaking carpets and rugs were sitting outside Tarbert homes and businesses after the village was flooded twice in the same week.

High tides forced the water of Loch Fyne over the harbour wall,flooding shops and homes.

For more photos and to read more about the affect on the village as well as on Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead,see the Argyllshire Advertiser,January 10 2014,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital


Meet one of Scotland’s ‘hottest men’!

niall-kennedyTwenty-year-old Niall Kennedy from Lochgilphead has been dubbed ‘one of the hottest’men in Scotland.

He is set to appear on a 2014 calendar of some Scotland’s most handsome men following success in a Facebook competition.

Find out more in the Argyllshire Advertiser,November 29 2013 and on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Remembrance Day services in Mid Argyll

remembrance-dayRemembrance Day services are taking place across Mid Argyll on Sunday November 10 to honour those who have fought for their country in the past and present.

Parades and ceremonies take place in Inveraray,Argyll Caravan Park,Lochgilphead,Furnace,Lochgair,Minard,Tarbert and Ardrishaig.

For further details see the Argyllshire Advertiser,November 8 2013,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Lantern parade lights up a rainy night

06_a45lan20Thousands of people turned out for the 2013 Lochgilphead Wilds of Argyll Lantern Parade despite the torrential rain.

For more read the Argyllshire Advertiser,November 8 2013,also available on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital





Police investigate sexual assault in Lochgilphead

police-scotlandPOLICE Scotland are stepping up patrols in Lochgilphead after a young woman was sexually assaulted in the town.

A statement released to the Argyllshire Advertiser  said:‘We can confirm that police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault in Lochgilphead involving a 22-year-old woman,which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning,October 13.

‘Extensive enquiries are on-going and additional high visibility police patrols are present in the area to reassure the public.

‘An incident room has been set up at Lochgilphead Police Office and anyone with information can contact police by dialling 101. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by dialling 0800 555 111.’

See the Argyllshire Advertiser every Friday and on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

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