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Local roadworks.

Scotland TranServ are preparing a scheme of essential carriageway resurfacing works on the A8 Eastbound carriageway between Port Glasgow & Langbank.

The works are due to commence on Monday 25th of November in the following two stages: 

       Monday 25th November until Thursday 28th  November  (8pm-6am) –  Weekday Night Closures·       

           Monday 2nd  December until Thursday 4th December (8pm-6am) –  Weekday Night Closures

Day time lane closures will also be implemented during the above dates to allow for cooling of the road surface. Traffic management will consist of a full eastbound closure of the A8 during the times stated above, with a diversion in place for eastbound traffic The works involve resurfacing approximately 1.2km of existing Trunk Road.

Works are expected to be complete by Thursday 4th December at 6am.

PLEASE NOTE – There will be no provision for windfarm / abnormal load movements through the works during the times stated above.

It should be noted that emergency services will not be affected by these works.

Public Consultation for development of IBM Site

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) which has been submitted to Inverclyde Council by Barton Willmore on behalf of Advance Construction GD Limited (Advance) for the proposed development at the former IBM Factory Site.

This PAN presents their intention to investigate the proposal for the future development of this site, which will likely result in the submission of a planning application in due course. It sets out the details of the public consultation associated with the proposed development and they are holding a public exhibition for people to come along to meet their team and see the proposals.

The public exhibition will take place on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (between 2pm and 8pm) and Tuesday 29th October 2019 at St. Andrew RC Church Hall, AuchmeadRoad, Greenock. 

The event is open to all members of the public and the purpose of the exhibition is to engage and consult with all interested members of the local community regarding the proposed development. In order to publicise the event, an advert will also be displayed in the Greenock Telegraph in the weeks prior. The event will be held on an informal ‘drop in’ basis with graphical exhibition boards displayed to provide information about the proposed development and communicate the proposals clearly to the community. Representatives from the applicant’s project team will be in attendance to explain the proposals where necessary, discuss the project with the community and respond to any questions raised during the afternoon/evening.


As you maybe aware work has commenced to remove one hundred and four 400kV transmission towers (pylons).  In general terms, these towers range between 30 and 60 metres in height and their removal will have a significant visual benefit on the landscape.

Some of these towers are within the Inverkip Council area whereby a trakway has been laid to allow the movement of heavy construction traffic to safely dismantle the towers.

It has come to our attention the trakway is being used for recreational purposes by some members of the community.  SPEN would like to strongly advise the local community that this is a restricted area for SPEN personnel and their contractors as well as being a construction site in regards to safety concerns.

SPEN would like to thank you for your support and understanding as we undertake this important modernisation project.

Should you require any further information please contact Colin Wylie or Amar Shakoor at SP Energy Networks on 0141 614 3231 or 07516 461129.

Yours sincerely

Amar Shakoor

Community Liaison Officer

SP Energy Networks

Pylons and Substation Demolition, Spey Road, Inverkip.

Upcoming demolition project due to commence in Inverkip on Monday 12th August. The job will last until Monday 23rd December.

Daltons Demolition have been appointed by Scottish Power Networks to carry out “We are mindful of the local residential areas close by Spey Road in Inverkip and are therefore in the process of preparing the necessary Traffic Management Plans and other Environmental Management measures to at least minimise but hopefully avoid nuisance during our works”.

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Spring Network Bulletin TCV Scotland’s Spring Network Bulletin
highlights some of the ways people of all ages and experience can get involved in Citizen Science, so we can better understand the world around
Also featured are the Northern Corridor Community Volunteers –
working to enhance their local greenspaces in North Lanarkshire. Some of the group’s younger volunteers are pictured during a recent tree planting session.
The Bulletin also highlights a recent willow basket making workshop, as well as the use of willow in habitat management. The fourth I Dig Trees campaign saw 67 community groups across Scotland plant 23,000 native trees.
To mark our 60th anniversary TCV is offering existing and new groups a free year’s membership of our Community Network. And have you ever seen a harvest mouse?
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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