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Improvements agreed for Strone Point

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Work to improve the A83 at Strone Point, which was hit by three accidents in consecuive weekends earlier this autumn,  is planned to start on December 4 for 28 weeks.


Making the announcement today, November 24, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “We know that the local community has been waiting for this work to get underway for some time and we are pleased to have agreed a programme with the contractor that will keep the A83 open for the majority of the project.


“Everything possible will be done to minimise disruption, especially during the festive period when traffic management will be removed between December 22 and  January 3, 2018."


The long awaited project will improve the radius of the tight corner at Strone Point outside Inveraray.
The scheme will involve realigning the carriageway and cutting back the rock slope to improve visibility for drivers; improving the road width; upgrading the drainage systems to improve road safety in wet conditions; erecting a new road safety barrier and bike guard; new road markings; improved signing.


The road will be reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals during the vast majority of the programme.


Up to 13 night time road closures will be required and road users will be notified in advance.

Cowal Remembers

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The first of Cowal's remembrance services tok place this morning (Saturday) at the Commando Memorial on  Ardentinny beach.


Rev David Mill officiated for the last time at this service, he will be retiring next year.


A small corwd gathered for the service at 11am, and a wreath was laid by Ardentinny resident, John Primrose, in the shadow of Faslane, where he did his National Service in the 1960s.


Further services take place all over Cowal tomorrow. 

Lest we forget.



Dunoon Doctor takes top award

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One of Dunoon's Argyll Street surgeries has been celebrating today as GP Dr Glen Hall took the Doctor's Award at the Scottish Health Care Awards, held in Edinburgh last night.


Dr Hall was nominated for the award by Toward patient Rhona Ferguson.


Reluctantly he attended the ceremony after finding out he was a finalist, never thinking that the award would be his.


Speaking today, Friday, Dr Hall declared himself 'chuffed' having beaten another NHS Highland doctor, Nick Dunn from Helensburgh and Dr Sabu James from NHS Lanarkshire.


Rhona was equally delighted. She said: "He is completely person-centred. Just speaking to him reassures me."


More in next week's Standard.




Kirn Primary to open next week

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The new Kirn Primary School, which was expected to open on Tuesday this week, will now open on Thursday morning, November 2nd, according to a statement from Argyll and Bute Council.

The school has taken 16 months to complete, during which time staff and pupils were decanted to Dunoon Grammar School for their lessons.

The council’s policy lead for dducation, Cowal Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “I am absolutely delighted that Kirn Primary has reached completion and that staff and pupils can now begin to settle into their new surroundings and enjoy all the benefits their new school brings.

“It is a fantastic environment for our children to learn in and provides modern facilities that will benefit generations to come. I wish the staff and pupils at Kirn every happiness and success in their new school.”


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Local businesses met again at the Burgh Hall this week to discuss the BID renewal.

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IN a blow for local tourism, VisitScotland announced this afternoon (Thursday) that the Dunoon tourist office is among 39 to close in the next two years.

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