News in brief: Flats plan revealed, young sailors hit the beach

Plans for 24 flats in Helensburgh have been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council.

How it might look: The site has previously had planning permission for housing
How it might look: The site has previously had planning permission for housing

The flats, with landscaping, parking and an open space area, would be built on currently vacant ground by 113 East King Street under plans submitted by Persimmon Homes Ltd.

Details are on the council’s website – search for reference number 14/01212/PP

For a group of young trainee submariners from Faslane, life really was a beach recently, when they enlisted to help out on Loch Lomondside.

The group of youngsters are currently being put through their paces at HM Naval Base Clyde to qualify for the Submarine Service.

But in a break in formal training, instructors took the young men on a two-day team-building exercise – one group stayed at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’s Balloch headquarters to break up and shift a large pile of cobbles while another section travelled to Loch Venacher to help park rangers in removing debris from campsites.

The next day, all 23 students and three instructors travelled to Balmaha and got the ferry onto Inchcailloch island where they worked on beach reclamation, moving the sand at the water’s edge up to the junction with the grass, recreating a beach front.

Young sailors help create a new beach at Inchcailloch
Young sailors help create a new beach at Inchcailloch

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