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What is going to happen to the woods?
Wemyss Bay Community Woodland Association were formed after local woman, Jill Vedebrand, became increasingly concerned about the neglect and degeneration of local Greenspace, Wemyss Bay Woods. Among the community at large, the wood was developing the reputation as a place where under-age drinkers and drug addicts “hung out”. Vandalism, fly tipping and littering were common. The very dense undergrowth permitted very little light and even dog-walkers, particularly women, were becoming increasingly reluctant to use the wood.
Jill began to talk to other local people, motivating them to take an interest in the wood. These efforts involved a Questionnaire being delivered to every home in Wemyss Bay, and culminated in a Public Meeting attended by well over 100 local people in May 2002. Both the questionnaire and the public meeting demonstrated overwhelming community support for a programme of regeneration of the wood. As part of the consultation process, Inverclyde Council commissioned a feasibility study on the proposed regeneration plans.
At the public meeting it was agreed to establish Wemyss Bay Community Woodland Association (WBCWA). The committee have taken forward and developed the proposals and decisions of the public meeting. All committee meetings are open to members of the community and are publicised in the local press and Village News.
The plan for the woods
Using the initial feasibility study, WBCWA designated areas within the woods for specific purposes. WBCWA will be working alongside local authority staff from the Eco-Schools Initiative to provide the support and resources required to develop the educational potential of the wood. By capturing the interest of, and involving, children at an early stage, it is felt that we will be able to retain their interest and enthusiasm as they grow, thus ensuring the future care of Wemyss Bay Wood as a community resource.
12/11/2002 - New Inverclyde Local Plan
Submitted by Finlay
McFee for WBCC:
This means that the final proposals, and the final opportunity to object to any of them, formally go before the public from that date onwards.
The Council have decided that the Deposit period will be extended beyond the minimum six weeks required by law, because of the midwinter holiday period intervening. The final deadline for objections to be made has accordingly been set by the Council as 31st January 2003.
There will be an exhibition of the proposals embodied in the Plan, available for public scrutiny from 9th January onwards at Inverkip Library (within the Primary School).
Community Councils are notifiable bodies and each CC will receive a copy of the Plan for their scrutiny.
All of the above means that there is a ten week period to absorb, understand and respond if required, to whatever is in the Plan. Not long to consider the entire framework for development of our area for the next ten years plus!!
Councillors have approved a planning application by Inverclyde Council to build a recycling centre at Wemyss Bay Community Centre. The application has now been referred to the Scottish Executive, the Greenock Telegraph reported. The plan is to situate the recycling bays on the north side of the centre, next to the car park.
18/08/2002 - Football Gala Day
Ardgowan Football Development are running a special Gala Day this Sunday at the community centre. The Gala Day will be opened by Morton player and film star Martin Compston, the Greenock Telegraph reported today.
The activities will include football matches, a keepy uppy competition, beat the goalie, the bouncy castle, a disco, face painting, hair braiding, hot dogs, and refreshments.
The activities start at noon and run for 6 hours.
One of our local residents is spearheading a campaign to bring broadband to Wemyss Bay. He has managed to find out the following information:
1. Our exchange is actually in Skelmorlie and serves Inverkip, Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay - so there is a greater potential customer base.
2. There is a friendly, Scottish ISP with humans on the end of the 'phone who actually want our business -
Scotnet - http://www.scotnet.co.uk/ - offer broadband at the following price to basic home users (these prices to be confirmed):
These are fairly standard prices. However, if we put bulk orders to them, for example if all of the 400 people needed to enable the exchange go in a concerted manner through one friendly ISP, they can discount the set-up and hardware costs PLUS they would look to drop the subs to around £20 - £25 per month depending on demand.
Pre-registration on wemyssbay.net
wemyssbay.net has set-up a preregistration service on the site to collect contact details of those who wish to have broadband. This information will go to the co-ordinator of this campaign and he will take the names and details to Scotnet, who are happy to accept the info in the form of a spreadsheet when a reasonable number of contacts are received. Pre registration does not imply any commitment to register.
One of the biggest problems right now is that it's been made so difficult to get registered. This one form simplifies the process greatly.
Sarah Harvey, a third year student at Strathclyde Uni, is currently researching the area of Wemyss Bay and is looking for your help. She has prepared two questionnaires, one for those who stay at the caravan park and one for the rest of us in Wemyss Bay (or Skelmorlie).
Simply download the
appropriate Microsoft Word file (in Internet Explorer, right click on
the link below and click 'Save Target As'), open the file in Word and
fill in the answers. Once you are finished, save your changes and attach
them to an email to Sarah at this address:
Your help will be very much appreciated!
02/08/2002 - No phone box yet
BT have still not decided whether to erect a telephone box at Ardgowan Road due to concerns about vandalism. A BT representative was quoted as saying that they are still pushing for a survey to be done. In related news in the Largs and Millport, there is a concern that the postbox at Ardgowan Road might have to be removed due to vandalism.
Come on people, let's cut out the vandalism and look after our village!
E-mail your views on this story.
02/08/2002 - Hospital bus service rejected
Strathclyde Passenger Transport's operations committee have decided against setting up a 'ring and ride' style bus service from Wemyss Bay Pier to Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Officials feel that McGill's bus service could divert to the hospital on request if necessary. When travelling back from the hospital, it is possible to get a bus down to Branchton station and then to get a train from there, the Largs and Millport reported.
E-mail your views on this story.
21/07/2002 - Calling all under 13’s for trials
Ardgowan Thistle are planning to start an under 13 football team this season and try and enter them into the Greenock and District U13’s League. If any boy is interested in playing for us please contact Martin Mulholland or Keith Jackson who will be running the team this season. Trials will be held during the month of July. We are looking for players who are 11, 12 or 13. Date of birth no earlier than the 1st of Jan 1989. Please Contact Martin at 520622 or come along to any of the Ardgowan Football training sessions held at the community centre or Wemyss Bay school park. Any of the coaches there will be happy to help and invite you to the clubs set up.
Ardgowan Football Development Schedule
For any information or help please contact Iain Buchan at 521846.
11/07/2002 - Free off peak bus travel for OAPs
Starting from September 30th, men who are 65 or over and woman aged 60 or over will receive free bus travel at off peak times from local transport operators. The free travel will also be available to those with disabilities.
The free off peak travel will apply across the whole of the Strathclyde region and is available for concession pass holders. They can continue to use the same concession passes they currently possess, but without any charge at off peak times. The scheme will be extended tov include men who are over the age of 60, the Greenock Telegraph reported.
Strathclyde Passanger Transport are receiving funding from the Scottish Executive to make this scheme possible.
E-mail your views on this story.
At present, BT broadband internet access (i.e. fast!) is not available in Wemyss Bay due to the fact that BT consider broadband not to be viable at the present time in the village because there is not enough demand. However, if you would like to have broadband access, you can help. Visit the following site and register your interest with BT.
According to BT, "Once this level of interest reaches a pre-determined level you will have the opportunity to place a formal order and subject to further investigations broadband services will be offered to your location. The "trigger" level will be calculated based on a balance of risk between BT's costs of deployment and anticipated future growth."
To register your
interest (don't delay) visit the BT web site below and follow the instructions
E-mail your views on this story.
A new council tax section has been introduced on the Inverclyde Council web site. From this section of the web site you can advice on how to pay, when tax is due, what happens if you don't pay, discounts, exemptions, what your council tax pays for, and more. The site also contains relevant online and downloadable forms.
For more information visit the Inverclyde Council web site.
12/06/2002 - Couple saved when boat starts to sink
A Greenock couple were saved off the coast of Wemyss Bay earlier this month after their boat began to sink when it started to take in water. Their mayday call was answered by lifeboats from Largs and Helensburgh. One of the lifeboats was able to get alongside the vessel and stop the flow of water. The boat was then pulled using ropes to the Kip Marina in Inverkip, the Greenock Telegraph reported.
29/05/2002 - Normal service resumed on railways
Direct from ScotRail: "ScotRail is pleased to announce a return to normal service on most routes across Scotland from Sunday 2nd June and in addition welcomes two new stations to the network with the opening of Edinburgh Crossrail. For a summary of the new timetables visit www.scotrail.co.uk. Full timetable details will be available on our website on and after Saturday 1st June."
117 people turned up at the recent public meeting to discuss the future of the woods and to hear plans for the woods. A committee will now be formed this Saturday as well as a neighbourhood watch scheme for the woods, and a new mountain bike stunt club will be starting as well.
Full details of the public meeting and latest news on the WAG group is available here.
09/05/2002 - Five month rail dispute settled
ScotRail have announced that the threat of any further rail strike days has ended following the decision by ScotRail drivers, members of the drivers' union ASLEF, to accept the pay offer of 3%, plus 11% funded through productivity initiatives and the elimination of outmoded working practices.
A reduced timetable has been in operation over the five month long dispute. A full timetable will not come into operation again until the level of rest day working among drivers has been assessed. However, ScotRail aim to be running at around 90% of all services within a few weeks.
For further details visit http://www.scotrail.co.uk/dispute2.htm.
08/05/2002 - Great response to football sessions
We have had a great response from kids in the community for our Wednesday night small sided games. 42 kids turned up last week and 52 tonight. This is a brilliant response to our call for 8 to 12 year olds. Having only one set of portable goals we are stuck with playing our games on the blaes pitch to make up 2 parks. We require help in trying to get another set of portable 7-a-side goals so we can set up 2 parks on the grass area behind the Community Centre.
The council have cut this grass but it still needs attention to provide an adequate surface for kids football. Can anyone help us? We would love to keep these kids interested on Wednesday nights but the lack of good facilities may hinder our chances.
Training classes for 5 to 8 year olds on Sundays are proving a big hit with over 50 kids registered. Hopefully in the next week will be handing out a training kit to all our regular attendees.
06/05/2002 - New SPAR owners agree sponsorship
The new owners of the SPAR shop in Wemyss Bay, A.J. Gillespie, have shown their charitable side and very kindly agreed to sponsor the Gala Day ceilidh band all £350. This is a tremendous gesture and deserves much praise.
29/04/2002 - 7 a side summer football
Calling all 8 to 12 year old Primary School Pupils!
On a Wednesday evening during the summer months from 6pm till 8pm Ardgowan Thistle shall be running a small sided football tournament for all 8 to 12 year old primary school kids.
This tournament will take place on either the blaes pitch or the grass area behind the community centre. This is the second stage of the Ardgowan Football Development for the area. On Sundays we run our 5 to 8 year old training classes which has proven to be very successful.
Depending on the numbers we get for this competition we are hoping to run a 7 a side league to run from May to September. The kids will be asked to register and pay £2.00 on the night. You can register with us on a Sunday at the Community Centre or on a Wednesday night at the school pitch. If you cannot manage and would like your son or daughter to take part please contact myself, Iain Buchan tel: 521846, or Martin Mulholland tel: 520622. We would like to try and start this competion on the 1st of May, so please register as soon as possible!
29/04/2002 - An accident waiting to happen
The Wemyss Bay School Board would like your assistance to try and alleviate the bottleneck on Lomond and Ardgowan roads at the start and close of school hours.
Many parents are disregarding the safety of other children and their parents by parking and dropping off kids on the yellow zigzags and parking and turning in and around the School car park.
The school car park is off limits to all cars except staff and the yellow zigzags are a crossing point for school children to access the school gates, not a drop off area. Please make time to drop your children off at a safe location like the Community Centre car park or one of the many side streets. We have been lucky so far with no serious incidents. Please think about where you park at the school. The lives of our school kids should not be put at risk.
Thank you (Wemyss Bay School Board)
17/04/2002 - Williams handed starting slot
In tonight's Scotland - Nigeria friendly international, former Wemyss Bay youngster Gareth Williams has been handed a starting place in midfield alongside Celtic and Scotland skipper Paul Lambert, as he makes his full Scotland international debut.
09/04/2002 - Gareth makes the full Scotland squad
05/04/2002 - Book of condolence opened
A book of condolence has been opened for the Queen Mother at McLeod Newsagents in Wemyss Bay, along with other places throughout Inverclyde, the Greenock Telegraph reported. There is also a book at the Inverkip Hotel.
22/03/2002 - Body of missing diver found
The body of David Telford, who went missing during a dive near to the Wemyss Bay shore, has been found by police divers, the Greenock Telegraph reported. The divers found the body of Mr Telford near to the wreck of the steamship Kintyre, 200 yards out from the shore.
David was a diver with the Red Fox Diving Club and went missing over two weeks ago while diving with three friends. A massive police hunt was launched at the time but they were unable to find him. A post mortem will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.
20/03/2002 - Demolition order for South Lodge
Back in the days of Castle Wemyss, the three lodges in Wemyss Bay were used to house workers from the castle. North Lodge at Ardgowan Road, Mid Lodge which leads into Cliff Terrace Road and South Lodge at Wemyss Bay Road.
Sadly, in mid February, a demolition order by Inverclyde Council came into effect stating that South Lodge was unfit for human habitation. The owner of the building actually lives in England and has never been an occupant of the building, the Largs and Millport reported. The building is not a listed building but contains many unusual architectural features and is part of Wemyss Bay's history. It is possible for the owner to apply for a suspension to the demolition order but a large amount of money would have to be spent to bring the building up to suitable standards.
20/03/2002 - More rail disruptions planned
As a result of the ongoing dispute with the rail unions, a further 15 days will be affected by strike action (taken from the Scotrail web site and correct as at 20th March 2002). The days affected and the latest information on the dispute can be found on the Scotrail web site at:
Visit this page regularly for the latest updates and for alternative travel arrangements.
20/03/2002 - Essential wall repairs at pier
Caledonian MacBrayne have announced that special arrangements will be put in place while essential repairs are made to the approach to the vehicle ramp. The work was due to begin on the 18th March and last for 9 weeks.
The Calmac web site states that, "While repairs to the concrete wall are taking place, restricted space will be available for customers wishing to park overnight. Foot passenger access to and from the ship will be unaffected, although access to the pier will be restricted to the covered walkway. Outside access will be restricted to plant machinery and works, with access to vehicles delivering stores to ships and for the removal of waste."
can be found on the CalMac web site at:
08/03/2002 - Plans outlined to save the woods
The Community Council has announced that it is is supporting a conservation project and have requested that the woods be made a local nature reserve.
A draft report was presented by Jill Vedebrand to the Community Council recently outlining what was wrong with the woods (such as damage caused by motorbikes using trails for scrambling, vandalism and graffiti on trees and walls, litter and fly tipping, choking of trees by rhododendron undergrowth, many fallen trees blocking paths etc.) and a proposal to restore them. There will be a public meeting on May 12th at the Community Centre and a Woodlands Action Group is being formed to help tackle the problems.
This year's Clean Up Day will have a special focus on the woods.
08/03/2002 - Local plan delayed yet again
The revised Local Plan has been put back yet again. It is not now expected in the public domain until the end of 2002! Your Community Council wrote last year to the head of Inverclyde Council Planning Service requesting that the long awaited revised Local Plan explicitly address the question of Inverkip Power Station.
05/03/2002 - Search for missing diver called off
The search for 49 year old man David Telford of Carlisle has been called off. The man went missing on Sunday after a dive to the wreck of the vessel Kintyre, 40 metres below the surface, off the shore of Wemyss Bay with other members of the Red Fox diving club. He should have surfaced at 12.10pm on Sunday but did not reappear. The BBC web site quoted a coastguard spokesman as saying, "We have searched the area thoroughly over the last 24 hours and have been unable to find anything."
01/03/2002 - Mobile Library coming to an end
The Mobile Library service which has served Wemyss Bay and Inverclyde so well for many years will sadly be coming to an end soon. Many people have used this service over the years and will miss the regular visits it made to the village. The van is old, repair costs are high, and Inverclyde Council does not have the funds to replace it. An announcement is expected from the Council shortly, the Largs and Millport reported.
01/03/2002 - Trains hit by industrial action
No trains were running from or to Wemyss Bay today as train services were disrupted throughout the country by industrial action. The Drivers' Unions have also announced plans to strike on the following days:
The Scotrail web site states that, 'No ScotRail daytime or SPT rail services will run on these days however Caledonian Sleeper services will operate as normal except for services to and from Fort William.'
26/02/2002 - Astroturf pitch for school?
The red blaes pitch at Wemyss Bay could soon be a thing of the past if plans to lay down an astroturf pitch are successful. The astroturf pitch would be full size and could also be used as three 5-a-side pitches with floodlighting. An anonymous local business man has put the plan to the school who, it would seem, are likely to go ahead with the plan. The facility would be used for both the school and the community and there is the possibility that changing rooms could be added to the community centre.
26/02/2002 - Swimming coach wins award
Local swimming coach Donald Muirhead has won the JY Coutts Award at the Scottish Swimming Awards. Donald, who set up Inverclyde Masters fourteen years ago, received the award on Saturday at a dinner at Stirling Castle in recognition of his volunteer work with Scottish Masters, the Greenock Telegraph reported.
More info: Scottish Swimming Awards web site
26/02/2002 - Fly tipping leaves Lomond Road in the dark
Lomond Road was plunged into darkness and remained that way for a time after a recent black out. The delay in restoring power was caused by fly tipping and a digger eventually had to be brought in to remove a mound of rubbish that was blocking access to the electrical controls. Inverclyde District Council's head of transportation and roads explained that around 20 street lights in Lomond Road were left in darkness after the black out, the Largs and Millport reported. Men and heavy equipment had to be used to clear the area on Cliff Terrace Road where the controls are located.
Councillor Margaret Morrison has warned of the dangers of fly tipping and urged people to arrange for the council to upilft bulky items and keep the streets clean and safe. To arrange an uplift or to enquire about this service from the council call 714750.
26/02/2002 - Accident causes chaos
An accident last week resulted in a man and woman being taken to hospital after a collision between a car and a van at the railway bridge near to the Wemyss Bay Hotel on the A78. The Greenock Telegraph reported that both drivers only suffered slight injuries. Traffic slowed for 45 minutes until the vehicles were removed from the road.
13/02/2002 - Runners-up spot for McCaskie
Golden Casket "Millions" have won the prestigious Inverclyde Innovation award. Wemyss Bay butcher and delicatessen Mearns T. McCaskie was a joint runner up along with McLaren Packaging.
07/02/2002 - Local company put forward for award
Local butcher and delicatessen Mearns T. McCaskie is one of only three businesses in Inverclyde to be put forward for a prestigious award. Greenock Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner and runners up tomorrow for the award of the most innovative company in Inverclyde. Reported in the Greenock Telegraph, Nigel Ovens, manager of the shop, said that "Customers have a much greater incentive to visit us now. Development of the butcher business has mirrored that of the deli, with new award winning products on offer."
17/01/2002 - Compensation for driver
A train driver, who was attacked by a man who fell asleep on the last train of the day to Wemyss Bay and missed his stop, has been awarded £250 compensation. The man who carried out the attack had consumed too much alcohol that evening. He lashed out at the driver once the train reached Wemyss Bay and he realised his predicament, the Greenock Telegraph reported.
16/01/2002 - Prize time for holiday park
The David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award has been awarded to Wemyss Bay Holiday Park for its environmental efforts on its site. The Largs & Millport reported that over the last year the park had improved its recycling operation, expanded its energy and water systems, introduced low energy timers for lighting and had also introduced owl, bird and bat boxes. The 150 acre site, with more than 40,000 visitors a year, already holds the David Bellamy Silver Award.
Read more about the park in the business directory.
16/01/2002 - Tribute to John
A memorial for John McCallum (5), who died in a tragic road accident in June of last year, is to be erected, the Largs & Millport has reported. The details of the memorial and the fundraising total raised have not yet been released.
Your local web site has discovered plans by Scottish Power to sell Inverkip Power Station. The details of the sale have been made public on the Business Auctions Network web site. The announcement reads, 'The plant is available complete or on a component basis and is being offered prior to demolition and clearance of the site.'
The auction was due to be conducted in the last quarter of 2001, or the first quarter of 2002, subject to demand.
At this point there is no mention of what use will be made of the cleared site, which covers 19.4 hectares including 5.7 hectares of reclaimed land. The total Wemyss Castle site is also about 20 hectares, which was enough for 140 houses at a low density 4 per acre/7 per hectare. It should also be realised that the selling of the equipment does not mean the immediate demolition of the site. It is unlikely that this will commence until planning zoning for redevelopment has been agreed, as this is where the money will come from to fund what will be a very costly demolition job.
A recent poll on wemyssbay.net showed that only 8% favoured a new housing development, 14% would like to see leisure and sporting facilities, while over 50% favoured a return to nature with parks, trees and walks. This last option is unlikely however given the likely demolition costs.
The full announcement on the Business
Auctions Network web site can be read at:
The Wemyss Bay Community Council has been active recently in ensuring that the future of the power station be addressed in the new Inverclyde Local Plan. Read the full story.
03/01/2002 - Cybercafe extension unlikely
The proposed cybercafe extension to the community centre, which the community association have been persuing, looks to be dead. The bond insurers (de Montfort Ins.) insist that the guaranteed money be used as specified for outdoor play area upgrades.
03/01/2002 - Recovery by road accident boy
In May of last year we reported on a boy who had been involved in a serious accident with a car on the A78. We are now happy to report that after 7 months the 11 year old boy is doing much better and recovering well. After the accident, the boy was unconscious for 8 days and spent 14 weeks in hospital because of his injuries, which included two broken legs. He hopes now to start high school at the beginning of the new year term, the Greenock Telegraph reported. A surprise party in the community centre was also organised for his family by kind neighbours.
The planned closure of 15 schools in the Inverclyde area has been backed in a council committee vote on the £100 million investment plan, the Greenock Telegraph has reported. Under the plan, 15 schools would close, 28 schools would be refurbished and 6 new primary schools would be built, one of which would be in the Wemyss Bay/Inverkip area. The Liberal Democrats have opposed the plan with Bob Campbell speaking out against it. If the proposal proceeds as suggested, the new and refurbished schools would be ready in 5 to 6 years time.
Read the full
press release from Inverclyde Council:
A group of 4 local dads are about to launch a new football coaching initiative for youngsters to enable them to develop and enhance their football skills. One of the organisers, Iain Buchan, wrote to wemyssbay.net to tell us about the scheme.
"With the backing of the Inverclyde Sports' council and Wemyss Bay Community Council we are setting up a football development scheme for children between the age of 5 and 8 years."
"This scheme has been devised to meet the needs of the younger generation in the community and already has the backing of many parents. We intend to run 2 sessions on the day and numbers will be limited to 24 per session, places will be allocated on a first come basis, with a reserve list if numbers exceed our expectations."
"If for any reason you cannot attend the registration day then please telephone 521846, although priority will be given to those who register in person. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!"
Following another crash on Sunday at the junction where Gourock's Cloch Road meets the A78, which left a girl seriously injured, the Greenock Telegraph has reported that a roundabout is to be built at long last to solve the problems on a road where numerous accidents have occurred over the years. When there was an accident at this blackspot 10 months ago, wemyssbay.net made the suggestion that it was time for change and for a roundabout to be built. Following many accidents it seems that the Scottish Executive finally agrees.
19/11/2001 - Water supply problems
A leak at Inverkip caused 3000 people to have their water supply cut off, the Greenock Telegraph reported on Friday. Supplies were restored to most folk in the three local villages by 5am.
09/11/2001 - The votes are in...the results are...
Since the Wemyss Bay web site launched at the start of this year, there have been three polls running to gauge public opinion on matters relating to the village. These polls have now closed and you can see the results on the Online Polls page.
Read the full article by Finlay McFee
What would you like to see happen with the site of the power station?
Last year, your Community Council wrote to the head of Inverclyde Council Planning Service requesting that the long awaited revised Local Plan explicitly address the question of Inverkip Power Station.
Unfortunately the draft Local Plan at that time did not address the question of the power station site at all, whereas in fact that is the determining issue for the future of the area.
On the AgendaThe Community Council is pleased that the question of the power station is now on the agenda, as it would have been a nonsense to plan for the future on the basis of the fiction that it was, and was going to remain, operational.
What is needed now is a public debate conducted in both Wemyss Bay and Inverkip to establish the views of the inhabitants on zoning and development in general, and the fate of the power station site in particular. The community has a legal right to be consulted.
Would you like to see a new mixed development of the area, which would include the following possibilities - housing, secondary school, retail development, business park, leisure and sporting facilities & housing or would you like the power station to be left as it is?
A recent poll on the Wemyss Bay web site showed that 54% would like to see the land returned to nature, but this does not seem to be an option.
MoreRead the full document online titled "New Inverclyde Local Plan to come into force soon" (by Finlay McFee on behalf of Wemyss Bay Community Council) which further explains the scenario facing Wemyss Bay and Inverkip regarding the future of the power station.
7/11/2001 - Rachel's one in a million
Rachel from Wemyss Bay received a special surprise when she went to the Waterfront Leisure centre in Greenock recently for her first swimming lesson. She was the 1,000,000th customer to go swimming in the pool since the centre opened four years ago. Rachel was presented with a year's pass and an inscribed crystal trophy to mark this event, as reported in the Largs and Millport.
2/10/2001 - Bus route contract awarded
HAD Coaches of Shotts have been awarded the contract for the Greenock to Wemyss Bay and Upper Skelmorlie subsidised bus route. The Greenock Telegraph reported that Strathclyde Passenger Transport had agreed a deal for the service which is for evening journeys from Monday to Saturday. The contract is until the 14th July, 2002.
2/10/2001 - New ferries planned for Wemyss Bay
CalMac Ferries are hoping to be able to announce shortly that they have been given the go-ahead for two new ferries, with more room for cars, for the Wemyss Bay to Rothesay route.
The Greenock Telegraph reported that the company are currently in the process of resubmitting their proposal to the Scottish Executive for funding, and would like to have two new ferries each capable of carrying 62 cars. At the moment three of the four ferries that service this route carry 40 cars each, while Pioneer carries 33. A spokesman for CalMac said that it was too early to say when they will get a decision, or what the costs involved will be.
26/9/2001 - Break in at garage
The Greenock Telegraph reported that the BP garage in Wemyss Bay was raided yesterday morning. At around 2.30am, thieves broke in to the garage and made off with a substantial quantity of cigarettes and chocolate. Police are looking to hear from witnesses or anyone who can supply any information on the crime. Call 492500 if you can help.
The book of condolence in Wemyss Bay can be found at McLeod's newsagents, while another book has been put at the Inverkip Hotel.
21/8/2001 - Footbridge work to be carried out overnight
06/06/2001 - 5 year old in tragic accident
A 5 year old boy suffered fatal injuries after he was involved in a collision with a truck on Monday evening. John McCallum was playing on his bike near his home when it seems that he lost control and collided with the truck. He was rushed to Inverclyde Royal but medical staff were unable to save him, the Evening Times reported. Police are appealing for witnesses. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of John at this time.
01/06/2001 - Lib-Dem candidate shot in hand
Greenock and Inverclyde Liberal Democrat candidate Chic Brodie was injured yesterday in a shooting incident in Greenock. "I heard a whoosh and I felt a pain in my hand," he said. "We all hit the deck and for the first 10 seconds we looked at each other." He was given an x-ray at Inverclyde Royal before being released yesterday, the BBC web site reported.
29/05/2001 - Bus Operator continues his fight
Wemyss Bay bus operator Dario Sassarini has launched an appeal against the ban that has been imposed on his two bus companies, the Greenock Telegraph has reported. The appeal will take place in Edinburgh but in the meantime, Mr Sassarini is hoping that permission will be granted to allow him to resume running the local routes.
28/05/2001 - Former Celtic goalie to take part in Gala Day
Former Celtic and Partick Thistle
goalkeeper Andy Murdoch has agreed to take part in a beat the keeper
competition at the Gala Day on 16th June. Do you fancy yourself as the
next Henrik Larsson? [22/6/2001 - Andy unfortunately
had to pull out of the Gala Day after injuring his knee ligaments the
Wednesday before the event. Local Greenock Juniors' player Stephen Renton
stepped in to take the gloves along with the help of a friend. We wish
Andy well in his recovery.]
25/05/2001 - Parents protest against housing plan
Parents in Wemyss Bay have raised fears against a developer's plans to build an access road linking Mount Stuart Drive to a possible new housing development. The proposed development is for 31 homes on greenbelt land between Mount Stuart Drive and the A78. There are many young children that play in the area and with the new access road possibly being built next to a play park, there is concern that the safety of the children could be at risk. Councillor Bob Campbell has also voiced his opposition to the plan, the Greenock Telegraph reported.
23/05/2001 - Nominations close for candidates
The five candidates who will contest the general election in the Greenock and Inverclyde constituency are David Cairns of Labour, Charles Brodie of the Lib-Dems, Andrew Murie of the SNP, Alistair Haw of the Conservatives and Davy Landels of the Scottish Socialist Party. The current MP, Norman Godman, will not be standing again.
23/05/2001 - Gala day plans move forward
The community association has met to discuss plans for the upcoming Gala Day on Saturday, 16th June. There will be various activities and stalls in the afternoon including a bouncy castle, bouncy slide, a putting contest, hamburgers, face painting, music and much more. In the evening there will be a family ceilidh, with tickets to be sold from the chemist. More
An 11 year old boy was injured yesterday following an accident with a car on the A78 just before the entrance to Wemyss Bay at North Lodge. The incident happened at 3.30pm, the Greenock Telegraph reported, and left the boy with fractures to both legs and an arm. He has been transferred to the intensive care unit at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow where his condition has been described as serious. The road was reduced to one lane and delays lasted until around 7pm.
27/4/2001 - Spring Clean Up Day & Bravehearts to Beijing Fete draw near
Tomorrow on Saturday, 28th April, two events will be on at the community centre. First of all the Spring Clean Up day will start at 10am from the community centre, then from 12noon to 3pm the Bravehearts to Beijing fete will be on at the centre. More
28/3/2001 - Mail deliveries hit again
Inverclyde was left without mail again today after postal workers staged another unofficial walkout. The Greenock Telegraph reported that the row centres around what workers regard as lenient disciplinery action taken against a Glasgow based manager.
14/3/2001 - Bravehearts in Beijing looking to raise funds for The Scottish Society for Autism
Local girl and Paisley University student Maureen McQuaid, along with Gillian Harvey, Chris Collins and Renzo Cardosei, will shortly be walking along the Great Wall of China to help raise funds for The Scottish Society for Autism. Find out more here
12/3/2001 - Posties go back to work
The unofficial postal strike action, which has left Inverclyde without mail since last Wednesday, was finally called off today as postal workers went back to work.
9/3/2001 - Postal strike continues
Inverclyde was left without mail for a second day after postal workers decided to continue their unofficial strike action. The strike could continue into next week unless written promises are given regarding working practices, their spokesman said in the Greenock Telegraph today.
12/2/2001 - More good new from the festival
At the Inverclyde and Renfrew Musical Festival, the Guides brought home the Renfrewshire County Committee of the Girl Guides trophy for the first time this year despite stiff opposition from the Guide company who had won it for the past couple of years. In the Scottish Country Dancing class, the girls scored 87 for their performance of The White Cockade, beating the 6th Greenock Guides by just 1 point.
1/2/2001 - Rob Roy's coming home
The 2nd Wemyss Bay Brownies (coached by Alison Carmichael) retained the Rob Roy Trophy for country dancing at the Inverclyde and Renfrew Musical Festival on Wednesday night.
After yet another crash at the junction where Gourock's Cloch Road meets the A78, is it time to finally build a roundabout to solve this notorious black spot? What do you think? Share your views.
01/01/2001 - Centre saved from closure!
Following the resignation of the long serving chairman and treasurer, leaving just three people on the committee, an EGM was called for Tuesday, 12th December 2000. If new committee members could not have been found to fill the void there was a distinct possibility that the centre would have closed, never to be opened for community use again.
Thankfully however, the people of Wemyss Bay responded and a new committee of about 12-14 people was elected, and the first meeting of the new committee was duly held straight after the EGM.
The centre may have been saved on this occasion, but this was a clear warning of what could happen should the committee dwindle to such low numbers again. The centre has been a valuable aid to the community for over 11 years and it would be a sad day should it ever be allowed to close. If you would like to get involved then come along to one of the committee meetings and find out what you can do to help. If you would like to know more details then e-mail me or ask your questions on the message board.
Thanks must be given to Liz and Gordon Roders for all their help over the years in keeping the centre going, especially Liz who, among other duties, cleaned the place, answered alarm call-outs, organised lets, and much more.
The new committee will usually meet on the first or second Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the committee room of the centre. This could change however and so you are best to watch this space or look in the village news to find out details of the meetings.