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Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the South West Network Management Contract, are proposing an essential carriageway maintenance scheme on the A78 in Greenock.

The scheme will involve resurfacing approximately 835 metres of the A78 trunk road between West Shaw Street Roundabout and Lady Alice Bowling Club, including the South Street Roundabout circulatory, please see attached location plan for reference (22-NW-0102-10-100-001).

Works are due to be undertaken between Friday 28 October and Saturday 12 November 2022 as follows –

  • PHASE ONE 8pm Friday 28-6am Monday 31 October – full weekend closure between West Shaw Street Roundabout and South Street Roundabout with diversions as follows –
    • Northbound A78 traffic will leave South Street Roundabout onto Nelson Street then follow Kilblain Street, Hastie Street and West Shaw Street to rejoin the A78.
    • Southbound A78 traffic will leave at Sir Michael Street Roundabout then follow Sir Michael Street, Regent Street, Lynedoch Street and the B7054 to rejoin the A78 at Dunlop Street.

The one way TTRO on Newton Street will be revoked during the full weekend closure to allow access from Nelson Street.

Traffic management for this phase will be removed by 6am on Monday 31 October.

  • PHASE TWO Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November – works between West Shaw Street Roundabout and Lady Alice Bowling Club under Temporary Traffic Lights (TTLs) and convoy working overnight 8pm-6am.

Traffic management for this phase will be removed by 6am on Saturday 5 November.

  • PHASE THREE Monday 7to Friday 11 November – works between the South Street Roundabout and Lady Alice Bowling Club under TTLs and convoy working overnight 8pm-6am. There will not be access between the roundabout, Nelson Street and South Street with signed diversions in place –
    • Traffic should exit Nelson Street and turn onto Kilblain Street, then to Hastie Street and finally West Shaw Street where traffic may rejoin the A78.
    • Traffic on South Street should exit onto Robertson Street, turn onto Finnart Street and finally join Nelson Street, where they should follow the above diversion to the A78.

Traffic management for this phase will be removed by 6am on Saturday 12 November.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no provision for abnormal loads through the scheme extents whilst traffic management is in place and the diversions will be unsuitable for abnormal loads. Emergency service vehicles will not be affected – special arrangements will be in place to grant access through the works area.

We are pleased to be able to give you advanced notice of this roadworks scheme and should you have any concerns or queries, please do contact the scheme manager Jack Dunsmuir by replying to this email and copying him in.

With best wishes,

Lisa Crane

Communications Officer | Amey Consulting


Letter from the Post Office.

We’re writing to let you know about the start of a new Mobile Van Service. This van will be operated by the postmaster from Johnstone Post Office, stopping in various locations of which at least one is in your representation area.

For further information and to let us have your views, please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub – Johnstone Mobile Service PA5 8AA

It would be helpful if you could share this link through your social media channels and with any local groups or organisations within the community to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening.

Customer information materials will also be available locally.


Inverkip Post Office Mobile service
Local Authority Car Park Next to Sainsbury’s Local
Main Street
PA16 0FZ
Opening times
Monday 13:30 – 14:30
Thursday 13:15 – 14:15
A range of Post Office products and services will be
There is a step into the Mobile vehicle with an
electronic tailgate available to facilitate easy access
for wheelchair users and those with disabilities.
Parking is available close to where the Mobile van will
be parked.
Getting there
This Post Office service is located approximately 450 metres away from previous Inverkip
branch, along varied terrain.

Wemyss Bay Post Office Mobile Service
Car Park Outside SPAR Store
Ardgowan Road
Wemyss Bay
PA18 6AT
Opening times
Monday 11:45 – 12:45
Thursday 11:30 – 12:30
A range of Post Office products and services will be
There is a step into the Mobile vehicle with an
electronic tailgate available to facilitate easy access
for wheelchair users and those with disabilities.
Parking is available close to where the Mobile van will
be parked.
Getting there
This Post Office service will be located outside the previous Wemyss Bay Post Office branch.

The Post Office Services to these locations with the introduction of a permanent Mobile service from the week commencing Monday 14 February 2022.


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


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.


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


Your Voice Announcements and Newsletters

Keeping Busy, a 4 page Leaflet available for download HERE.

A4 page leaflet, available for download HERE.

Enthusiasts, A 4 page leaflet available to download HERE


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.