Local News

7Th December 2018

Demolition will take place overnight of the former Wemyss Bay Hotel. It follows a collapse of the gable end wall and safety concern over today’s strong winds. A lane closure on the #A78 will be in place with the demolition work starting around 10pm tonight (Friday, 7th Dec 2018).

Sign up for UK Parliament Week 2018

Ronnie Cowan MP (SNP) is supporting this year’s UK Parliament Week (12-18 November 2018) and encourage people in Inverclyde, especially young people and their teachers, to get involved and hold a UK Parliament Week event.

UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival that engages people, especially young people, with Parliament and empowers them to get involved. This is a great opportunity for you to explore what the UK Parliament means to you and your community, and how you can participate.

Speaking in-advance of UK Parliament Week, Mr Cowan said

“You don’t need any prior knowledge about the UK Parliament to get involved. Your event can be big or small, public or private. There’s no limit to how you take part, from holding a debate or mock election, to organising guest speakers or even an online event.

 “When you register to take part you receive a free UK Parliament Week partner kit with resources to help you run your event including: an activity booklet, a ballot box, bunting, posters, pin badges, a UK Parliament Week placard and a Votes for Women sash!

 “Whatever group or organisation you belong to, from primary and secondary schools to uniformed organisations, faith organisations or community groups, there is something for everyone in UK Parliament Week. Let your family, friends and colleagues know.







MP Highlights HMRC related bogus calls

Ronnie Cowan MP (SNP) is warning Inverclyde residents about bogus and nuisance calls which pretend to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Mr Cowan’s office has been contacted by a constituent in Kilmacolm who indicated, “I had a very odd, but also threatening, phone call (on my landline) purporting to be from HMRC.”

 HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press one to speak to a caseworker to make a payment. We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately.  This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people.

Other scam calls may offer a tax refund and request you to provide your bank or credit card information. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them.

Ronnie Cowan MP said,

“It’s worrying to learn that particularly elderly and vulnerable people in Inverclyde are being targeted by fraudsters and thieves.  I would urge residents to be aware of such calls and if they suspect malicious activity to contact the police.

 “Also, HMRC are keen to know about such examples and you can report full details of the scam by email to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.”


If you’ve been a victim of the scam and suffered financial loss, report it to Action Fraud.

The calls use a variety of phone numbers. To help our investigations you should report full details of the scam by email to: phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, including the:

  • date of the call
  • phone number used
  • content of the call


Planning details on the proposed Development on Langhouse Road, Inverkip

Details can be found by following this link.

Anyone wishing to object can do this by clicking on the “make a comment” button.

Inverclyde Planning Notice

Inverclyde Council has published its Proposed Local Development Plan as part of the preparation of a new Local Development Plan for the area.

The Local Development Plan sets out the Council’s strategy, policies and proposals for the use of land and buildings within Inverclyde, and is the document the Council uses to determine planning applications and provide advice on development proposals.

The Proposed Local Development Plan sets out the Council’s settled view as to what the content of the new adopted Local Development Plan should be. It offers an opportunity for the community and others with an interest in the future development of Inverclyde to make representations on the content of the new Plan.

The Proposed Plan was published on Monday 30 April for consultation until Friday 29 June 2018. The Proposed Plan and associated documents are available to view and download from www.inverclyde.gov.uk/newldp and are available to view in Council libraries.

Forms are available on which to make representations on the Proposed Plan, Environmental Report, Supplementary Guidance and Draft Action Programme. The forms are available in electronic document (Word and PDF) on the Council’s website, and as a paper copy available from Inverclyde Council libraries.

Respondents are encouraged to use the official form but emails, letters etc will be accepted.

Representations can be submitted by:

The Council’s preferred means of communicating on the Local Development Plan is by email and respondents are requested to provide an email address if they have one.

If you have any questions in respect of the Proposed Local Development Plan, please call the Planning Policy team on 01475 712491.


Information is available on new CCTV Guidelines

These documents require you to have Adobe Reader installed.

For Domestic Premises. Click Here.

For Business Premises. Click Here.

For Licensed Premises. Click Here.


Stuart McMillan MSP December newsletter

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


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 – https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/automatic-compensation?utm_source=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=autocomp

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 – http://www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk/2018_westminster/Revised_proposals/maps/Inverclyde_Erskine_revised_proposals_poster.pdf


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.