“No current plans to increase routine MOD police patrols”

Following media reports regarding Ministry of Defence police officers to begin patrolling civilian areas of Argyll, published last month in the Herald newspaper and Dunoon Observer, Val Kennedy, Ardentinny Community Council’s representative on the Clyde Local Liaison Committee contacted the MOD for clarification.  

At last week’s Community Council meeting Val reported that some members of the Ardentinny community were concerned by the press reports. “I asked Coulport if we could have a statement which explains to us what their side of the story is because there was some suggestion by the people who came to me that there was information about increasing armed patrols and they were disturbed about this.” The MOD statement received by the Community Council is as follows:

“Ministry of Defence (MOD) police officers have historically routinely undertaken external patrols in the vicinity of HM Naval Base Clyde, which includes the Royal Naval Arms Depot at Coulport. The extent of MOD police patrol activities is covered by an agreement with Police Scotland. Responsibility for the maintenance and enforcement of the law in Scotland rests with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland. There has been no increase to routine MOD police patrols outside the two establishments during the last 24 months, although the MOD keeps security at all of its establishments under review and there are no current plans to expand these external patrols. Any proposals to increase external MOD police patrols would be agreed with Police Scotland.” 

Aiden Doherty, Head of Outdoor Education at Ardentinny Outdoor Centre told the Community Council that, at a meeting with the MOD late last year, the MOD had asked for permission to use the Centre’s slipway, to which they had agreed. 

On Monday 13 February two MOD police officers who had earlier disembarked from an MOD Police ‘RIB’ were seen on foot on the main Ardentinny road near Ardentinny Church.  

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara on 12 January, 2017 tabled a total of 21 questions at Westminster on the increased role of the Ministry of Defence Police within local civilian areas in and around Helensburgh and Lomond.

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Further Community Council Resignation

Since the 5th April Community Council meeting, Councillor Bill Williamson has resigned. This reduces the total number of community councillors to five. It was mentioned at the last meeting that they need more members. If you are interested, the contact details of the current councillors can be found on their website www.ardentinnycc.co.uk/.

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New Community Council Convener and Vice Convener

At the 5th April Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Marian Norris was elected Convener and Neil Robinson was elected Vice Convener. It was also announced that Community Councillor, Dennis Gower had resigned. Chairperson, Marian Norris, expressed thanks for Dennis’ long service to the Community.

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Anticipated Community Council Election

At the upcoming community council meeting on Tuesday 5th April, it is anticipated that there will be an election of a new convener.

The last meeting was brought forward from the usual first Tuesday of February to Thursday 14 January. The then convener, Roy Harrison, explained that they had brought forward the meeting in order to announce his resignation prior to his leaving the village.

It was agreed that Vice Convener, Marian Norris would act as Convener until the next meeting when a new convener would be elected.

Community Council meetings are open to the public and, as usual, all are welcome on Tuesday 5th April at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

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Army exercise

The following notice was posted on Ardentinny notice board by Ardentinny Community Council.

‘We have been informed that the army will be having an exercise on Forestry Commission land on east Loch Eckside then, on leaving FC ground, they will be moving down the Glen and driving back to Glenbranter through Ardentinny and shore villages. This is a navigation/driving exercise and will involve approx. 25 trucks and 15 landrovers. The dates for the exercise are 19-21st February but it is intended that it would be Saturday 20th February when the vehicles will be going through the village.’

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Ardentinny Community Council Meeting 1 Dec 2015 – Draft Minutes

Ardentinny Community Council Meeting 1 Dec 2015 – Draft Minutes (PDF)

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Ardentinny Community Council Meeting 7 Oct 2015 – Draft Minutes

Ardentinny Community Council Meeting 7 Oct 2015 – Draft Minutes (PDF)

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Democratic Rights Denied?

At the October Ardentinny Community Council (CC) meeting, a member of the community asked the CC why the notices he posted on the community notice board which said ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ had been removed. With reference to the Community Council’s decision to remove similar notices which carried the 38 degrees logo, he assured the CC that his notices only carried the welcome message; that he knew nothing about 38 degrees; nor was he a member of any political party and he asserted that his democratic rights had been denied.

Some community council members admitted that they had removed the 38 degrees notices, as agreed with the Convener, but denied removing others. Other community councillors expressed their disappointment at the decision to remove any of the posters expressing solidarity with those who have lost everything, making the point that there is a difference between political and party political, and they wished to distance themselves from the majority members who had agreed with the decision to remove the 38 degrees posters.

The complainant left the meeting stating that he was unconvinced that his posters were not removed by members of the CC and maintaining his assertion that his democratic rights had been denied.

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Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Minutes 4 Aug 2015

Ardentinny Community Council Meeting Minutes 4 Aug (PDF)

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Changes to Ardentinny Community Council

At Ardentinny Community Council’s AGM earlier this month a new committee was formed. Val Kennedy resigned as Convener after “at least 10 years” in the post and was replaced by Roy Harrison. Marian Norris remains as Vice Convener, as does Malcolm Bartley as Treasurer. Eileen Connell was elected Secretary. Non-office bearers are existing community councillors: Dennis Gower, Val Kennedy and Bill Williamson. Neil Robinson fills a vacancy, having been appointed uncontested in the recent By-Election.

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