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Serious crash at St Catherines

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Police Scotland officers are appealing for information after a road crash involving two vehicles on the A815 near St Catherines, Loch Fyne on Wednesday (March 21).

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A TRADE UNION has claimed that massive health cuts to be discussed next week could lead to 400 redundancies in the sector, the closure of all publicly-run care homes in Argyll and Bute - including Dunoon’s Struan Lodge - and the privatisation of publicly-run day centres, including Rothesay’s Thompson Court.

However, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has asked the health secretary to intervene in what is rapidly becoming a crisis for health provision in Argyll and Bute.


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HOSPICE patients in Dunoon have been moved in with general admission patients because the hospital does not have enough nurses to cope with two wards.

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Stone Point resurfacing begins

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Work to repair a deteriorated section of road surface on the A83 at Strone Point is set to get underway from Sunday night, February 25 for five nights and will involve overnight road closures from 8pm until 7am.


The £80,000 resurfacing improvements are part of a £650,000 programme of urgent repairs across the A83 trunk road.


The resurfacing worksstarting on Sunday address a section of road almost a kilometre in length. 


Diversions will be in place from Inveraray via the A819, A85 and A82 and from Tarbet via the A82, A85 and A819. 


Emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.  Access to properties within the closure as well as for local bus services will also be maintained at all times, although some delay is inevitable. The road will be fully open during the day.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “These essential resurfacing works have been brought forward in our programme to address the road surface at Strone which has deteriorated rapidly in recent months.

“The cold and wet winter weather has had an unprecedented effect on some sections of the A83, including this section at Strone, and these works will allow us to carry out a full repair to the road surface here.

“The team will do all they can to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible, and we encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.”

For more information about the ongoing programme of A83 urgent surfacing repairs visit:


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On Saturday March 3 Dunoon can donate to the fund to help the families of the two fishermen being recovered from the wreck of the Nancy Glen

A day of fundraising activities is being planned, culminating in an evening of some of the best bands in the area performing in Dunoon’s Burgh Hall, where staff are donating their time to the fundraising drive.


The afternoon will see a tea dance and bingo session, and children’s events all taking place.

Community groups and individuals are being encouraged to come up with their own fundraising ideas and businesses are urged to have a collection tin on their counters on the days leading up to the event and to donate prizes and services as raffle prizes.

This is a true community-wide event. There is no need to apply to hold an event – just do it.

Tickets for the Burgh Hall event are available now from the hall and its website.


Chair of the Clyde Fishermen's Association Kenny McNab said: “Thank you for everything you are doing regarding the fundraising, we honestly cannot believe the response we have had to the appeal. Both ourselves at the Clyde Fishermen’s Trust and the families - especially the families - have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the public to the Nancy Glen fundraising campaign. Argyll in particular has been amazing.


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