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Local News (2)

It’s D Day for the Artizan Centre in Dumbarton tomorrow. It is the closing date for offers for the shopping complex recently put up for sale at offers over £6.5 million.

One of the bidders is British Land/Henry Lax who also own the St James Retail Park which was recently refused permission to build a phase 2.

The closing date will be the beginning of a lengthy process of due diligence.


Local Views

In poetic form and on the news that American firms are trying to take over the Coulport armaments depot on Loch Long (a few miles as the missile flies from where I sit)

Another in the ElephantCant series via forargyll.com

AnElephantCant raise several billion
Of pounds that is oodles and oodles
So with a little support
We will just buy Coulport
With some rhymes and a few of Phil’s doodles

We’ll turn the place into a theme park
Invite kids from Arrochar Tarbet and Luss
It’s quite hard to reach
Loch Long’s stony beach
Perhaps the Council will lay on a bus?

The kids can take turns firing rockets
They can aim them at Russia or Spain
At 3 shots for a bob
That will be just the job
To stop our taxes being poured down the drain

AnElephantCant abide nuclear weapons
We have our own ultimate deterrent
No enemy can survive
Our midges and pies
Or a fortnight where the folk at The Fair went

Now Phil does some stuff that Walt Disney
He can draw missiles and stealth subs and stuff
We don’t want the Yanks
Owning our bonnie banks
So let’s tell them enough is enough

If the Americans take over Coulport
We must ask what else they might do
Will they conquer Rosneath
Garelochhead and beneath
Jings crivvens they’re heading for Rhu

Our plan is to keep the Clyde Scottish
And say no to the big Yankee bucks
No Hershey bars here
No Miller Lite beer
Just Irn Bru and a tea cake from Tunnocks

So let’s enjoy Scotland’s best day out at Coulport
See the foxes the seals and the deer
If enough people come
It will go like a bomb
All good fun – there is nothing to fear …

Verse by Brian Cairnduff, image by Phil Burns

Local News

I see that new plans have been brought forward for the former St Peter’s Seminary at Cardross, a couple of miles from where I type.

An abandoned architectural landmark in Cardross is to be preserved as a “living ruin” under new plans by a Glasgow arts company.

The A-listed St Peter’s Seminary was first built in 1966 but closed in 1980 and has been left rot ever since.

Developers had originally planned to ditch the building to make way for a hotel or new apartments.

But NVA, an organisation that has been involved in several similar outdoor projects, revealed to the Herald it will “accept the building in its current” state, then add new design elements over the next three years.

There have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to redevelop and restore the building over the last thirty years.

I don’t consider myself a Philistine, but as with the old academy building in Dumbarton which has also lain derelict for over thirty years because of its architectural importance, I’d recommend taking extensive videos and photos of them and putting these eyesores out of their misery.

Tourist Guide to Scotland

By Danny Bhoy.

This is very funny (language warning!)