News in brief: Parking petition, beach clean, knotweed burning

A petition is calling for free car parking for two hours on car parks in Helensburgh, plus an hour free for on-street parking throughout the town.

Last week plans by Argyll and Bute Council for a new charging regime including permits for residents were revealed here.

But on Saturday shoppers at the new market in Colquhoun Square were being asked to sign the petition, which is also available online.

A beach clean is being held in Kilcreggan on Sunday March 29.

Part of a nationwide Surfers Against Sewage initiative, the local clean-up is being organised by Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust.

Local volunteers are asked to meet at 10.30 at the benches across from the cafe in Kilcreggan – the work is expected to last for four hours. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Volunteers are being asked to help burn Japanese Knotweed on the sea shore tomorrow.

A team organised by Rhu and Shandon Community Council will meet opposite at the top of the slip opposite Shandon Church at 2pm.

Bring along stout shoes, gloves, secateurs and a rake – dead stems will be cleared so it is easier for so that it will be easier for Argyll and Bute Council to direct herbicide spray at the new growth in May.

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