A petition and Facebook page have been launched by villagers campaigning against plans to develop Rhu Marina.
A masterplan for the site is recommended for approval by Argyll and Bute Council planners – despite opposition from the village’s community council.
The proposals for housing, a bar/restaurant, marina and apart/hotel will be decided at a local hearing in late August.
But now villagers including Alastair Moore are trying to highlight the development in Rhu, a conservation village.
More than 150 people have already supported a Facebook page which was set up on Saturday afternoon.
“The feedback has been quite encouraging, a lot of people still don’t know what is going on,” said Mr Moore.
“Many people do feel there is something that needs to be done – it is grabbing people’s imagination – it’s a big thing in a small village.
“A lot of interest has come from people who have been to the area on holiday or are from the area originally. “
He said locals were infuriated by plans to infill the sea and for tall buildings ‘which would blight and change the beautiful Conservation Village for ever’.
“The overwhelming views on this proposed expansive masterplan at Rhu Marina are ‘This is a small marina and that’s all, and should stay that way’,” he added.
The ‘Save Our Rhu Bay’ petition reads: “Developers have acquired the entire shoreline of Rhu Bay and Rhu Marina.
“They have applied to infill the sea area of Rhu Bay and build three storey apartments blocks, a three storey hotel and much more along with an allowance for 400 cars which is a major strain on the narrow A814.
“We don’t want a massive infill to the sea increasing the ground area to 12 acres along the front of Rhu. Do we?
“We don’t want a range of big tall buildings at the front of Rhu. Do we? We don’t want this beauty spot getting into the developers’ hands. Do we?
“Certainly not in our Conservation Village. What do you think? Our SOS message goes out to all to Save Our Shores.”
The hearing into the masterplan – and an application by GSS Ltd for a temporary building – will be held in Rhu Community Centre at 10.15am on August 27.
A mail box is provided at Rhu Post Office and is available for the public to drop sealed letters and register on the petition before then.
Alternatively email with your full name and postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org or search for ‘Save our Rhu Bay’ on Facebook.
For background on the application see the stories below:
- Hearing fixed for marina plans – after £1 land deals (July 17)
- Marina masterplan goes to hearing (June 19)
- Objections greet masterplan for marina (April 21)
- Marina masterplan unveiled (March 20)
- Sainsbury’s rule out Rhu – but still eyeing Helensburgh (December 19 2012)
Below: the way it is now – views of scenic Rhu and the marina.
© The Lochside Press 2013