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Ardgowan Expedition malt whisky nears the South Pole

A three-man team approaches the South Pole, supported by Ardgowan Distillery and carrying some very special malt whisky!

For the full story, please head over to their website.


Stuart McMillan MSP December newsletter

is available, (as a .pdf file), to download Here.


Village Project Ideas Share your ideas with us in our 2 minute Survey

We have some funding from the Town and Village Centres-Environmental Improvements Community Spend.

It is to be spent on projects or improvements to villages to improve community
awareness and identity.

The key themes in the guidelines are
Gateways to towns
Path Networks and Connections
Public Art and Flora Displays
Local Centres
Squares, Parks and Greenspaces
History and Heritage

We have a few projects identified already – improvements to defining the Village centres,
Daff Glen in Inverkip, Playpark behind Wemyss Bay community centre, info/history board in Inverkip, info to highlight walking /cycling routes, points of interest in both villages and surrounds, community gardening group, environmental awareness publicity.

So if you have any ideas or suggestions for projects or know of existing ones we can look at supporting, please share them with us.

Click here for the Village Project Ideas Share your ideas with us Survey


Your Voice/Shopmobility

General Questionnaire & Shopmobility Questionnaire

The purpose of these questionnaires is to find out how we can improve a Shopmobility Service in Inverclyde, also what you think is good practice or needs improved for people with disabilities in Inverclyde.  Please complete the questionnaires and return them to us.  Thanks a lot for your help.

Download questionaire Here


Transerv Scotland have announced roadworks in the new year.

A78 Proposed Projects April 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, and we look towards our 2018 planning, I would like to draw your attention to three schemes proposed for the A78 in April of next year.

As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road maintenance programme, Scotland TranServ will look to resurface the following areas of the A78 trunk road:

A78 Lay-by to Largs North Gateway

A78 Skelmorlie South

A78 Wemyss Bay


Further details are available at:-



James Watt Event

Hi everyone its Ruth Callaghan from Cardwell Bay and Greenock West community council. I work in West College Scotland Greenock and we are currently trying to set up a pioneering group for the anniversary of the death of James Watt. The 200 anniversary of James Watts death is August 2019.

We had our first meeting of delegates from various departments in the college today to discuss how we can implement events from August 2018 to August 2019.

We are trying to reach the wider community and looking for volunteers from the community council to join the pioneering group. Is anyone interested in this?

Also can I please ask if everyone if they can add this to their agenda to see if anyone in the local community can come up with ideas of events that could be held throughout Inverclyde or in the college.

At the moment this is just in the infancy period. The next meeting of James Watt festival steering group will be held mid December.

Thank you in advance



Ronnie Cowan MP has welcomed the announcement by Ofcom (today) that broadband and landline customers will get money back from their providers for slow repairs, missed appointments and delayed installations, without having to claim it.

Following an Ofcom review, major operators who together serve around 90% of landline and broadband customers in the UK have agreed to introduce an automatic compensation scheme.

Ofcom media release –

Below is  an info card on the amount of compensation consumers can expect.




Work will begin soon in Inverkip Main Street, and Wemyss Bay Pierhead areas funded by Riverside Inverclyde to enhance our village centres.

Wemyss Bay Pierhead/War Memorial.

Inverkip Main Street.



As mentioned by Ronnie Cowan MP at the November Community Council Meeting. His office has supplied the link to the map of the proposed Boundary Changes.

Here is the link to the map –


Information available for the coming winter.

A Copy of the 2018 Winter Maintenance Document can be found on Inverclyde Council’s Web portal at:

The Trunk Routes A8 and A78 within the administrative boundary of Inverclyde Council are maintained by Scotland TranServ on behalf of Transport Scotland, and they can be contacted at the following:

0141 218 3800 – General Enquiries (during office hours)

0800 028 1414 – Report a Defect (24/7) or on the web at:




Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has picked up a national accolade at the RICS Award Grand Final in the Infrastructure category for its refurbishment project at Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal.

CMAL was announced as the regional winner earlier this year.  Over 95 regional winners competed for national titles across eight categories at the RICS Awards Grand Final, which took place in London on 2nd November 2017.

CMAL received the industry accolade for its £1 million upgrade of the Grade A listed historic timber pier walkway, which connects Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal to Wemyss Bay Station.  The walkway dates back to 1903 and is a prominent wrought iron and timber clad structure with a slate and glass roof.

RICS judges said the walkway has been beautifully restored to its former glory whilst modern building techniques were successfully deployed to ensure future longevity of the pier, and improve the vessel fendering system.

The upgrade was part of a £6 million investment in the ferry terminal, which also included a new fendering system to replace the pier timber fenders, reconstructed concrete pier roundhead, refurbished linkspan and installation of a corrosion protection system.  The harbour was also dredged.

CMAL worked with a range of design, engineer and construction partners to return the pier to its former glory, including WH Kirkwood Limited, Graham & Sibbald, George Leslie Limited, Wallace Stone LLP and CH2M.


Citizens Advice Scotland are doing a survey on local bus services.

Are you satisfied with your local buses? We have just launched our national survey and want your opinion on the bus service in your local community. Tell us what you think and we’ll speak up on your behalf: