Fire destroys four caravans

Fire destroyed four caravans at Glenfinart Caravan Park in the early hours of Monday morning (18 April).

Local residents have expressed concern regarding the spate of events at the park over the past months which included a caravan being destroyed by fire in June of last year  and in February of this year armed police raided the site, arresting three people. We understand that the two men and a woman were charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

We are awaiting a response from Dunoon police regarding this latest incident.

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Ardentinny: ‘Jurassic Park’?

In a Dunoon Observer front page report related to the proposed closure of Toward School, Councillor Alister McAlister made the observation that without a school, Ardentinny was now known locally as ‘Jurassic Park‘. We wonder if Ardentinny’s residents agree with Councillor McAllister’s labelling of our community?

Extract from Dunoon Observer 22 April, 2011.

Read the full article here.

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Talent within our midst

It never fails to surprise us how much talent exists in Ardentinny. We have more than our fair share of good artists and crafts people and Teresa Forsyth is no exception.

Teresa runs ‘Teresa Forsyth Upholstery & Soft Furnishings’ from her base in Ardentinny. The word ‘upholsterer’ might conjure up burly, leather-apron-clad males with a posse of apprentices. However, don’t let this diminutive, artistic lady fool you. She is as, if not more, capable and professional as the next man, or woman.

Teresa began her professional life as an actress and toured South Africa with Terry Scott and June Whitfield in a ‘Bedfull of Foreigners‘ which eventually brought her to work in the UK. On realising that her height, voice and accent were against her, she decided to move into stage management and later the Wardrobe Dept. where her sewing skills came to the fore and where she worked her way up to Wardrobe Mistress, touring the world with the likes of Anthony Quale’s Theatre Company. After five years working with Phantom of the Opera in London, she decided to launch her upholstery business. A previous sabbatical had allowed her to study and become qualified in the craft and in 2003 she felt the time was right to put her plans into action.

As you will see from her website, www.teresaforsyth.co.uk the scope of Teresa’s work is vast. While a traditionalist at heart, she tackles modern pieces; contract work; boats; caravans; and even Harley Davidsons with equal skill and panache. She also makes made to measure loose covers and curtains with Dunoon Hospital and Ardentinny Centre forming part of her portfolio and she will happily tackle alterations, such as replacement zips, hem adjustments and rips and tears.

Teresa’s precision and attention to detail are her trademarks, as is her very personal service. She will advise on the coverings within the context of the home setting. She also installs the finished piece or hangs the curtains personally to ensure everything looks as it should, resulting in lots of return custom which is the best recommendation one could wish for.

If you would like more information on ‘Teresa Forsyth Upholstery & Soft Furnishings’, visit her website or contact her by phone on 01369 810115.

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Bus service, water supplies and where to spend a penny

Ardentinny’s Community Council’s bi-monthly meeting held on 5th April, 2011 had a packed and sometimes contentious agenda. There were a few surprises included in the meeting, not least the report by Councillor Bruce Marshall that the 485 bus service would no longer go to and from Sligrachan except for the morning and evening school runs. The Community Council agreed to write expressing disappointment and challenging the decision on behalf of the residents of the glen. There was a suggestion that Sligrachan might become a request stop. Councillor Marshall said he would ask but that the move had been made in order to make necessary savings on a very under-used route.

Somewhat predictably, there was expressed consternation at the demolition of the Long Hut by Forestry Commission Scotland without prior consultation with or warning to the community. To exacerbate matters, said demolition also crushed a water pipe and consequently cut off the water supply to the bowling green. FCS’ Forest District Manager, Gordon Donaldson explained that the Long Hut was theirs to retain or otherwise as they saw fit and that, once a previous suspicion of a presence of asbestos in the building had been eliminated, instructions were given to demolish it. He counteracted the question as to why it was not sold to interested individuals in the village by saying that this was not possible as it was in the ‘Pink Zone’ and therefore the MOD would not permit its sale to private individuals. On the question of the water supply to the bowling green, he expressed his regret that this had happened and that, in the short term at least, FCS was working with the Bowling Green in an attempt to restore a supply.

The other major concern addressed by Mr. Donaldson was the closure of the public toilets at the beach area. Apparently, during an inspection of the water tanks serving the toilets, the presence of Legionellosis was discovered. As this was considered to be a major health risk, the tanks had to be purged. He said that there is now the possibility of ensuring water safety with the use of chlorine tablets but that the tanks are on their last legs and need to come down. He said the costs of either tank replacement or going on to mains water are prohibitive and, as FCS is not obliged to provide public toilets, it is likely that they will remain closed.

Other items included a decision to invite a representative of the MOD to attend Community Council meetings and the Chair reported that the Fire and Safety Officer would attend in August.

Given the recent police raid in the village, some of those present expressed disappointment that there was no police report or apology from the police for not attending the meeting. There was also no secretary’s report, as apparently there had been no correspondence. The Treasurer’s end of year report concluded that the year’s expenditure came to £547.05, while income was £300.00, leaving a balance of £1,769.54. This makes Ardentinny Community Council relatively well-off, certainly in terms of The Shore Community Councils.

Details of the meeting’s discussion will be available in the Meeting Minutes when they are published.

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Ardentinny Community Council meeting minutes 01/02/11

Ardentinny Community Council meeting minutes of 1 February, 2011.

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Ardentinny digital switchover – do you have a story to tell?

The Digital TV switchover comes to Ardentinny in May. Digital UK is on the hunt for individuals in the Ardentinny area willing to be case studies for the changeover. They are looking for people with quirky/human interest stories who may or may not have switched yet. Perhaps you live in a unique place i.e. a caravan or a mobile home. The only stipulations are that contributors are under 75 and have a valid TV licence. Interested? Contact Catherine Morrow on 0131 556 6649
or email cmorrow@webershandwick.com.

Click here for more information on the Digital UK switchover.

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