News in brief: Teddy bears picnic, park and ride plan, open doors appeal

A Teddy Bears Picnic is being held at Craigrownie Park in Cove on Tuesday (August 8).

Everyone is welcome, to bring a bear and a picnic to meet friends, sing and play at the event, which runs from 12 noon to 2pm.

It is being held to promote Cove Stay and Play (pictured above) , a playgroup for preschool children at Cove Burgh Hall every Tuesday from 1 to 3pm and Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11am.

A planning application for a 57-space car park on the former gasometer site in Helensburgh has been submitted by Argyll and Bute Council.

The authority’s own planning department must approve the proposals for a park and ride service on the derelict site off East Princes Street, which was first mooted in 2014.

It is expected that ScotRail will manage ticketing on the site, with pay and display machines which allow the cost to be refunded against rail fares.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has donated £300,000 towards the work, and the council hopes that ScotRail will pay £2,000 per space.

Details of the application are on the council’s website – the reference number is 17/02027/PP

Doors Open Day is coming to Helensburgh next month and Argyll and Bute Council and the Helensburgh Heritage Trust are looking for volunteers to get involved and play their part.

Volunteers are needed to help steward the event and provide information and assistance to visitors during the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Council leader Aileen Morton said: “Doors Open Day has something to offer everyone and this is a great opportunity for local people to be involved in a really interesting initiative.

“Volunteers will be crucial to the successful delivery of the event and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to support this event.”

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Doors Open Day is an annual event organised by the Scottish Civic Trust.

It is Scotland’s largest festival celebrating heritage and the built environment and offers free access to over 1,000 venues across the country which are normally closed to members of the public.