Hospital helipad permission granted

The site where the helicopter currently lands is often water-logged and muddy.
The site where the helicopter currently lands is often water-logged and muddy.

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Campbeltown received its own Christmas present when planning permission for a new, purpose-built helipad was granted on December 23.

Argyll and Bute Council approved plans for a fit-for-purpose helipad at the current, water-logged landing site just south of Campbeltown Hospital from which emergency patients are transferred by air ambulance to larger hospitals.

Stuart McLellan, an ambulance technician from Neilston, East Renfrewshire, who has family in Campbeltown, has worked tirelessly for two years to bring the project to fruition. He is now in receipt of £270,000 funding and construction work is set to commence on January 11.

Stuart told the Courier: ‘I am absolutely delighted that an idea two years ago is now becoming a reality. Over the two years, I’ve had numerous challenges to resolve in order for us to get to the construction phase but I’m hopeful that construction will be completed by April 2021.

‘Happy new year, Campbeltown!’

The helipad is to be named the Robert Black Memorial Helipad in honour of the hero paramedic who died in May last year after a battle with Covid-19.