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Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the Network Management Contract for the South West Trunk Road Unit, are undertaking essential maintenance on the A8 at Finlaystone Layby from Monday 17th May until Friday 11th June 2021. This scheme will address deterioration of the layby and it will be upgraded to meet current design standards.

The work will be carried out using a single lane closure at this location, which will be in place 24/7 until the scheme’s completion. We thank road users for their patience while this essential maintenance is underway.

Our operatives will follow strict physical distancing and hygiene protocols throughout the programme, in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

For media enquires please contact Amey’s press office on 01865 713240 or by email: press.office@amey.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @SWTrunkRoads


VSRP2021 Programme

Have you registered to attend the Scottish Rural Parliament yet?
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Each day includes interactive sessions on different topics, enabling participants to explore current thinking and to identify actions that will make a positive difference to our future lives and livelihoods.
The closing session on day 5 invites a panel of decision makers to reflect and respond to the recommendations emerging from the 2021vSRP explorations. 2021vSRP sessions use a mix of presentations and interactive elements, including breakout rooms, café style conversations, polls and collaborative whiteboard space, to ensure participants have multiple options to listen and contribute in their own time and at their own pace.
A networking facility, connecting you to other participants, and a virtual exhibition space, showcasing organisations, causes and culture will be available throughout.  
You can view the Programme by clicking here

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The new Asymptomatic Test Centre in Gourock.

Many people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. 

Asymptomatic testing will help us find and isolate more cases, helping us to identify more cases of the virus and giving us all a better chance of stopping the virus from spreading.

Current Test Site: Gamble Halls, Gourock

Commences: Tues 2nd March 2021

Opening Days: Tues – Sat

Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11am-7pm & Sat 9am-5pm

Tests are free and no booking is required, just pop in.

Children aged 5+ can be tested and anyone under 12 should be accompanied to the site.

Do not attend if you have a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. 

Do not attend if you are currently self isolating because you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 90 days.

Tests for people with COVID 19 symptoms can be arranged by calling NHS inform on 0300 303 2713.

Further details including Q & A can be found Here




Announcement by the Post Office

Wemyss Bay Post Office

Ardgowan Road, PA18 6AT

General information


We’re seeking applicants to set up brand new Post Offices in this area

Closing date: 10th May 2021
(Advert may close early if sufficient interest is registered)

Post Office Ltd is looking for a successful retailer to incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business.

The offer available in this Post Office would be:

Post Office Local – integrating Post Office services into a vibrant and sustainable retail business, so they can be offered over the same opening hours. The exact layout and design will be agreed with you to suit your business.

Estimated Post Office fees:

In the current location in the range of £6,595 – £7,327 per annum. Please note this estimate is inclusive of the products listed under General Information.

Advertised Annual Fees Disclaimer – All fees ranges on this site are based on 12 months’ trading history. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance for each branch. As a result of COVID-19 some branches have experienced a significant change in trading patterns and therefore fees will be reviewed during the application process.

A successful applicant will need to have:

  • Superb customer service and focus
  • Excellent business management skills and experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively and easily with your branch team and customers
  • Talent for motivating and managing your branch team to ensure excellent customer service for all customers
  • Strong conversational skills, actively listening and responding to customers’ needs
  • Ability for hiring and training great team members for your branch
  • Quick to identify potential business opportunities and keen to implement innovative ways of working to promote Post Office products within your business

Register your interest

This info can also be found Here




Want to make a difference to the NHS in your local community?
The NHS impacts on everyone’s lives at one time or another and this could be your chance to get involved in improving, sustaining and protecting the health of the local population.

What’s involved?
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is looking for two new members to join its Board. These are challenging, rewarding and worthwhile opportunities that will take up around 8 hours a week and last for up to 4 years in the first instance. In return, you will be paid £8,842 a year. You will also get reasonable travel and subsistence costs, dependent carer expenses and support to help you carry out your duties.

Can I apply?
To complement the current skills on the Board, we are looking for individuals who can specifically bring financial governance experience or clinical experience, ideally in a primary care setting.
You do not need to have previous experience of being on a Board. You do need to have a commitment to helping us improve the health and wellbeing of the people living in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

If this is you, we would like to hear from you.
If you are appointed you will receive training and support to develop your skills and to learn any new skills you may require.

How do I find out more?
More information on these roles can be found at the public appointments website: www.gov.scot/collections/public-appointments or by calling 0300 244 1898 (Freephone).


Loves Local Fund.

The Scottish Government Scotland ‘Loves Local Fund’ aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them.  You can find more details at the following link – https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotland_loves_local_fund_application_form_and_guidance.

Also, today the Scottish Government ‘Restrictions Fund’ opened for applications.  The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund provides one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by Covid-19 brake restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.  You can find out more details and how to apply at the following Inverclyde Council link – https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/covid-19/business-support.


An Apology from NHSGGC about the Flu Vaccination Programme

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) issued an apology earlier this week to members of the public for the way in which the flu vaccination programme has been delivered so far this year.

The Health Board is very aware of the concerns that have been raised by members of the public and the anxiety felt by those in the 65+ age group who are yet to receive their flu vaccination.

NHSGGC would like to reassure members of the public that all remaining letters to the 65+age group will be sent this week and their appointment will be scheduled before the end of November.

The Chairman, Chief Executive and the Director of Public Health, along with senior members of the Health Board team, have met with local MPs and MSPs to understand in more detail the concerns of constituents and explain the actions that are underway to resolve these issues.

Professor John Brown, Chair of NHSGGC, said: “On behalf of the Health Board, I would like to sincerely apologise to all those people who have experienced issues with their flu vaccination appointments. We are very sorry for any distress and anxiety this has caused, especially among the more vulnerable members of our local communities.”

Jane Grant, Chief Executive, said: “There have been a number of challenges with the delivery of the flu vaccination programme and we have taken action to ensure this situation never happens again.

“We would like to offer reassurance to those in the 65+ year old age group who are yet to receive their flu vaccination that all remaining letters will be sent this week and you will have your appointment scheduled to take place before the end of November, before the flu season starts between late December and January.

“For those who received their letter after their appointment date, we will ensure that you get an alternative appointment. We understand that many people have struggled to get through to our appointment line and we are very sorry for that. We have now employed an additional 20 call handlers to manage enquiries so that more people can be supported in a more timely way. If members of the public do need to change their appointment, please contact us on 0800 707 6699 or via email at adult.flu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

“If individuals need to change the timing of their appointment, we will do everything possible to rearrange this for them. If there are accessibility issues with their assigned vaccination centre, we will work with each individual on a case by case basis to find the centre most suitable for them.

“The flu vaccination programme has been especially challenging this year, due to the increased number of eligible people and because it is vitally important that we adhere to physical distancing guidelines when administering vaccinations. However, we will make sure that we learn the lessons from what has happened this year and put measures in place to avoid these issues being repeated when we deliver the COVID vaccination programme.

“Finally, we would also like to thank all of our staff who are delivering flu vaccinations to members of the public. We very much appreciate the work you are doing to support our communities.”


Want to Volunteer, but don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s practical or emotional support, there are lots of ways you can volunteer to help.

For some that may be right now in helping to manage the crisis, for others there will be roles in the weeks and months to come.

But for many of us, the most helpful thing we can do to support our NHS and our communities is to stay at home to save lives. 

You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  Please check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

To sign up, please follow the relevant links below: 

Please be assured that as soon as your help is needed, you will be contacted. Where possible your offer will be matched with specific needs.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can still help even if you need to stay at home by signing up to provide telephone support. This way you can help keep in contact and provide reassurance to those in need.

Business offers of help

If you represent a business and would like to volunteer your services, please email covid19response@gov.scot.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Source:- https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering


Official Notice concerning Inverkip Village Post Office.

Please follow thi link below for information concerning the Inverip Village Post Office.



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Citizens Advice Scotland – Help to Claim service

Following the announcement in October 2018 that the Citizens Advice network will provide a new service to help your constituents make a Universal Credit claim, I’m getting in touch to let you know that as of today the service is live across Scotland and the rest of Great Britain.

Our new Help to Claim service offers independent, tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim, and receive their first full payment on time. It is available through our free phone line, website and local Citizens Advice Bureaux. I have included more details about how your constituents can access the service below. Your local CAB can also provide more details about the specific options available to your constituents, which might include face-to-face advice through outreach clinics, for example in libraries or Jobcentres.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland have given over 100,000 pieces of advice on Universal Credit since roll out began, and many of these issues are with the initial claiming process.

Help to Claim can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The support provided will vary depending on individual need, but might include things such as: helping someone gather evidence of their housing or childcare costs; ensuring people know that Alternative Payment Arrangements are available; and offering advice on what to expect at a jobcentre appointment and how to prepare for it.

Our local offices have been working closely with Jobcentres, local authorities and other local organisations in preparation for providing the service. This close working relationship will continue throughout the operation of the service.

Support is available through our free phone line and web chat from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday:

Phone line:                 0800 023 2581

Webchat:                    www.cas.org.uk/helptoclaim


Local News Headlines from the Greenock Telegraph.