Seafront battered as work begins in square

Colquhoun Square is echoing to the noise of diggers today.
Colquhoun Square is echoing to the noise of diggers today.

The second stage of Helensburgh’s troubled CHORD scheme has not been delayed, Argyll and Bute Council insisted this week.

Work got under way in Colquhoun Square on schedule last week as part of the £6.6m town centre project.

But resurfacing and installation of new lights and tickets machines on the Sinclair Street car park, which was due to start at the same time, will now not take place until March.

Policy lead for special projects Ellen Morton, said: ‘’The pier car park was flooded during the recent bad weather and is in danger of being flooded again – there is little point in directing people to a car park they cannot use.

Plants and paths in the square have been ripped up
Plants and paths in the square have been ripped up

“As such we decided to hold off on the work in the Sinclair Street car park until the better weather to maximise the amount of parking available in the town

“This is not a delay, rather it is an example of the council listening to the views of the public and being flexible with the schedule of works

“Although the work has been rescheduled, free-of-charge parking will remain in the pier car park.’’

The first stage in the transformation of Colquhoun Square has been the removal of hard surfaces, planted and turfed areas and footpaths.

Bus stops in the square are out of commission, with the public being directed to the bus stops on West King Street.

Colquhoun Street South Is closed to through traffic but open for local access.

A street light behind the bust of John Logie Baird stands at a rakish angle
A street light behind the bust of John Logie Baird stands at a rakish angle

As part of the work on the esplanade two sections of the sea wall were removed, opposite James Street and John Street.

The council says that staff are monitoring these areas on an ongoing basis and were on hand to tackle the flooding problems over the New Year.

As part of the measures to defend the town against tidal surges before Christmas 40 tonnes of composite ‘type 1’ material were compacted against the south face of the Henry Bell monument.

Some of this was washed away over the festive period which led council staff to sandbag the plinth above the foundation over the New Year weekend to give the monument added security

New pre-cast revetments are currently being produced off site and are due to be installed towards at the start of February, sealing the gaps in the wall.

The seawall by the Henry Bell monument has taken a pounding
The seawall by the Henry Bell monument has taken a pounding

The council says that at no time was the integrity of the monument compromised – there has been no movement and the alignment remains true.

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  1. A big well done to all involved in the work to date !!! working under very trying weather conditions at times cannot have been easy for the employees. This will in due course enhance the appearance of Helensburgh to be sure and the jewell must remain the seafront ??? no building high rise properties etc !!!

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