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Inverclyde Business Round-Up 02/04/18

Above: Plans for River Clyde Homes £19m development at James Watt Dock (Photo Courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


Major Housing Development Approved At Greenock Dock 

River Clyde Homes has been given the go-ahead for a £19million development of 134 flats at James Watt Dock, Greenock. Four-storey blocks of apartments will be built on disused land beside the dock access road, between the A8 East Hamilton Street and Great Harbour.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 31 March 2018


Funeral Director Plan For Vacant Tool Hire Shop 

Planners are being asked to agree that a former tool and equipment hire shop in Greenock can be used for a funeral business. The Independent Family Funeral Directors of Rutherglen want to use the vacant HSS Hire premises in Dalrymple Street as a base.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 31 March 2018


Go-Ahead Given For Footballer's Port Glasgow Gym Plan

Scottish Premiership footballer Chris Millar is part of a project to open a fitness facility in an empty Port Glasgow factory. St Johnstone player Millar, who lives in Greenock, and personal trainer Gary Pettigrew of Port Glasgow, have been given permission to turn a vacant industrial unit at the town's industrial estate into a public gym.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 March 2018


Gourock Highland Games Team Up with National Tourism Board

The Gourock Highland Games have teamed up with VisitScotland as an official member of the partner programme for Scotland’s Year of Young People. The games in May hold a unique position in Scotland marking the start of the Scottish Highland Games season.

Source: Inverclyde Council - 29 March 2018


Parking Affected By Greenock Town Centre Culvert Work

A seven-week programme to improve access to a major Greenock water culvert will help tackle flooding in Inverclyde. Work is to begin on widening the entrance to the culvert below Westburn Street in Greenock town centre. This improved access will help with inspections and maintenance of the culvert and associated structures. 

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 March 2018


Above: Gourock Councillors Lynne Quinn and Ronnie Ahlfeld in the newly created George Wylie Garden (Photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


George Wyllie Memorial Garden Tribute

A new £30,000 memorial garden is being created in Gourock in honour of one of its most famous sons. An area in the town’s Shore Street will be transformed into a green space with plants and shrubs dedicated to acclaimed artist George Wyllie. There will be plants, seats and special features — including a pathway in the shape of a question mark, as a nod to a recurring theme in Mr Wyllie’s work.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde – 30 March 2018


Our Place Our Future Team Look To Build On Community Feedback  

The Our Place Our Future Greenock East and Central project team has thanked those who got involved in the community engagement initiative, as the first phase of the project drew to a close. Our Place Our Future Greenock East and Central has been calling upon individuals and groups who live and work in the area to provide their views, get involved and help shape their community in the future.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 30 March 2018


Approval Given For Port Glasgow Housing Developments

Two housing developments in the Lilybank and Broadstone areas of Port Glasgow have been given the go-ahead. Housing association Sanctuary Group have been given permission for 28 properties for social rent. Sixteen will be at the site of the former Lilybank School, fronting Lilybank Road, Farquhar Road and Birkmyre Avenue.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 28 March 2018


Housing Association Staff Donate To Local Charities

River Clyde Homes staff handed over donations of food and a cheque for hundreds of pounds to Inverclyde Foodbank.The foodbank is one of four charities the housing association's employees chosen to support with fund-raising efforts over the last year. 

Source: River Clyde Homes - 27 March 2018


Inverclyde Council Spending £145,000 For Better Online Services

Inverclyde Council has approved a £145,000 investment to improve and develop its online services. At the moment the majority consist of one-way ‘e-forms’ which generate an email to the customer service centre who pass on the information to the appropriate service. The council’s policy and resources committee has approved the investment to develop ‘pay for it’, ‘book it’ and ‘report it’-type services across multiple platforms and channels. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 28 March 2018 


AboveBrian Dick from The New Chocolate Company shares details about his business at ri's Showcase event


18 Businesses Utilise Showcase Platform

A business conference at the recently-refurbished Custom House co-hosted by regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde (ri) and Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce has been hailed as a fantastic success, with over 50 attendees and 18 businesses taking the opportunity to take the floor on Wednesday 28 March 2018. The free to attend event gave businesses the opportunity to present a short 3 minute overview to their business community to assist with migration into the area as well as supporting the growth of the existing business base.

Source: Riverside Inverclyde – 29 March 2018


Greenock Town Centre Café Put Up For Sale

A popular Greenock town centre cafe has been put up for sale for £55,000. New owners are being sought for Browns on Nicolson Street, with the current proprietor set to retire after 12 years in charge. The busy cafe is open six days a week and can seat up to 60 people and caters for people sitting in or who want to take away. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde - 2 April 2018


A78 Coast Road Closing For Three Weekends

The A78 between Wemyss Bay and Largs is going to be closed for three weekends in April for £1million resurfacing work. Motorists face lengthy diversions as three separate stretches of the route - adding up to around three kilometres - are worked on.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 March 2018


Amazon’s £1,000 Science Donation To Greenock School

Amazon’s efforts to encourage Inverclyde school pupils to embrace a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continued when the company's local fulfilment centre made a donation to Notre Dame High School as part of British Science Week. The Amazon Gourock team visited the Greenock school to donate £1,000, which will be used to fund new science equipment.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 27 March 2018


Decision To Refuse Vehicle Workshop Is Overturned

Councillors have decided that a vehicle repair workshop in Greenock which officials said should be shut down can stay open. The business was already operating at 32 Mearns Street and had to make a retrospective change-of-use application which was rejected by officers who said it breached Inverclyde planning policies.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 24 March 2018



Above: Rig Arts Heritage Mural by local artist Jim Strachan which has been unveiled in Broomhill (Photo courtesy of Inverclyde Now)


New Mural Unveiled In Broomhill

A heritage mural has been unveiled in Broomhill, Greenock.The work by local artist Jim Strachan is situated at the Whinhill Court car park on Ann Street. It has been inspired by the area’s history, heritage and surroundings and features images of shipbuilding, scenery, factory and mill workers, as well as local legends. The mural is part of the creative work in Broomhill being undertaken by RIG Arts as part of the regeneration of the area by River Clyde Homes.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 29 March 2018


Inverclyde Family Charity Gets Cash From Property Firm

An Inverclyde charity which helps make life a little brighter for struggling families has received a cash boost. Children in Poverty Inverclyde has been awarded £500 from property management company Ross and Liddell through its annual community bursary scheme.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 23 March 2018


Teenage Boxer Chosen As Gourock Highland Games Chieftain

A teenage high school pupil from Greenock has been named as chieftain for the 2018 Gourock Highland Games. Rhys McCole - who attends Notre Dame High - will preside over the 62nd annual games in Battery Park on Sunday 13 May. 

Source: Inverclyde Council - 22 March 2018


New Chief Executive At Ardgowan Hospice

Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock has appointed a new chief executive officer (CEO). Linda McEnhill has been involved in palliative care for more than 25 years working in a range of settings as a practitioner, manager, director and lecturer, in Scotland and England.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 21 March 2018


Above: One Cove Road Manager Julie-Anne McKee with the ‘Best Free From Serve’ prize from the Crema Awards (Photo courtesy of Greenock Telegraph)


Gourock Café Honoured With National Award

A Gourock cafe has the recipe for success after picking up a national honour for its produce. Staff at One Cove Road clinched the ‘Best Free From Serve’ prize at the Crema Awards in recognition of their work catering for people with special dietary requirements. 

Source: Taste Inverclyde – 31 March 2018


BBC Thriller Being Filmed In Gourock

Scenes for a major new BBC drama series are being filmed in Gourock. A film crew is shooting footage for the four-part series The Victim at a house in Firth Crescent. The Victim is a legal thriller set in Edinburgh.

Source: Inverclyde Now - 20 March 2018


Housing Association Recognised For Investing In Young People

River Clyde Homes has achieved the prestigious Investors in Young People (IIYP) Silver Accreditation in recognition of its commitment to the training and development of young people. The award recognises the Inverclyde-based housing association’s effective practices around youth employment.

Source: River Clyde Homes - 19 March 2018


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Published: 3rd April 2018