Fury as wind farm firm allowed to demolish Tarbert wall

Tarbert harbour temporary seatingA windfarm company has run into a storm of protest about its plans to transport turbine blades through Tarbert – demolishing a wall and picnic bench in the process and replacing them with temporary structures.

Despite many voices of opposition from Tarbert, an Argyll and Bute planning committee passed Infinis’s application for demolition at a meeting.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 22 2015, also available online.

Art workshops marry with poetry in Tarbert

art workshop george campbell hayA series of art workshops inspired by Scots poet George Campbell Hay got off to a good start and organisers hope to encourage young people to exercise their creative streak.

Supported by local artists, the weekend workshops will be open to everyone, especially those new to arts and crafts.

See more about the project in the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 15 2015, also available online.

Minister who led Tarbert church renovations moves on

Tarbert minister leavesThe man behind the renovation of a Tarbert church was given an emotional send off from his post as minister on Sunday, May 3.

Reverend Tommy Bryson was just three months into the job when the roof of the Church of Scotland church was blown off in adverse weather conditions.

For more see the Argyllshire Advertiser, May 8 2015, also available online.

Tarbert harbour wall to make way for turbine traffic

Tarbert harbour bench and wallsConcerns have been raised over the temporary destruction of a wall at Tarbert Harbour to make way for wind turbines parts scheduled to arrive this summer.

The removal of the wall is due to take place in early June and will see the wall and benches at the harbour taken away to make it accessible for the transport of turbines to be erected at A’Chruach wind farm.

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

Homeowner pleads with housing association over repairs bills

Malcolm Smith TarbertA 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 3 2015, also available online.

Tarbert fishing industry under threat

Kenny MacNab Tarbert adn Clyde fishermanUp to 50 jobs in Tarbert may be lost if a Firth of Clyde fishery regulating order is imposed, according to an industry leader based in the village.

Kenny MacNab, 59, the chairman of the Clyde Fisherman’s Association,  spoke out after meetings organised by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) in Tarbert and  Inveraray.

Read more in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 27 2015, also available online.

A83 speed limit change ‘a waste of time’

Tarbert Ardrishaig speed limitA Lochgilphead garage owner has branded the proposal to reduce the speed limit on the vital A83 trunk road  linking Tarbert and Ardrishaig ‘a waste of time’.

This comes as Scotland’s transport minister says he will ‘take a closer look’ at the proposal after being challenged over the issue by Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie  McGrigor.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 20 2015, also available online.

Opinion split over A83 speed limit

Tarbert Ardrishaig speed limitA speed restriction on the A83 trunk road between Ardrishaig and Tarbert has been branded a ‘box-ticking exercise’ by Argyll’s MP.

The claim comes after Transport Scotland revealed that the main reason for cutting the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on the 13-mile stretch of road was to improve safety, citing similar stretches of road in Scotland.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 13 2015, also available online.

Tarbert school takes to the catwalk

Tarbert Academy modelsAspiring models from Tarbert Academy put on an amazing catwalk performance to raise money for  textbooks.

The event was initiated by the parent council but turned in to a whole-school effort on
the night that even saw teachers put on performances during the breaks.

For more photos and on the story, see the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 13 2015, also available online.

Tarbert harbour cliff hanger

Tarbert carA car narrowly escaped a watery grave at Tarbert Harbour.

The Skoda rolled forward until it was hanging off the edge of the sea wall, after a mystery driver left the hand brake off while parked at the bay across from Tarbert hotel last Thursday at 1pm.

The vehicle came to a halt as it tipped over the wall, before construction workers on the harbour used a crane to lift it back on to the car park.

See more stories from Tarbert and Mid Argyll in the Argyllshire Advertiser, also available online.

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