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TEN YEARS AGO
Friday December 31, 2010
Skykon fear as parent firm goes under
New Year and new worries for Skykon after its parent company filed for the Danish equivalent of going into administration in the UK, just days before Christmas.
Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, and the country’s financial news agency Børson, reported the news last week.
More than 100 jobs are at stake at the wind turbine tower factory on the former airbase at Machrihanish and a new multimillion-pound extension, due to open next month, stands paralysed; it was to take the number employed there up to 300.
Jim Mather, MSP for Argyll and Bute, told the Courier: ‘Our officials don’t think this necessarily means immediate administration at Campbeltown.
‘They are in touch with Scottish Development International and Skykon, checking the position, and immediate actions and options. Clearly, we will stay closely involved and be seeking the best possible outcome as we have done in the past.’
TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO
Friday December 29, 1995
Spy camera scheme takes a step forward
The group planning to set up a town centre security system in Campbeltown is considering applying to the government for funding.
The Scottish Office has just made £4 million available to pay for 1,000 new closed circuit television cameras to help fight crime in Scottish towns.
The driving force behind Campbeltown’s proposed system, Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel, recently received an estimate for the cost of installing a system from a leading security firm. Thorne Security says it could have a system in operation for £23,400, less than half the amount the panel previously thought it would cost.
The system would include four cameras to cover Main Street, Longrow, Burnside Square and the area around Hall Street and the cross.
Four special television screens at Campbeltown Police Station would allow the police to watch the pictures from the cameras. The images would be recorded on an industrial-quality video recorder at the station. The pictures could alert the police to trouble or help them trace offenders.
The team from Thorne Security will be visiting Campbeltown at the end of January to demonstrate the equipment.
The secretary of the panel, Sergeant Douglas Reid of Campbeltown police, has already contacted the Scottish Office for more details about the funding package. Sergeant Reid said: ‘The panel is fully committed, following the tremendous public response, to go in as far as possible along this road.’
The panel is already planning to apply to other local and national bodies for contributions towards the cost of the system.
The Scottish Office’s challenge competition will make funds available for groups representing local communities to bid for money to fund CCTV systems.
Applicants from different areas will bid in competition with each other for a share of the government cash.
The first town centre security camera system in Scotland was set up in Airdrie three years ago. New research shows that in the first two years after the system was set up, the crime rate plunged by 21 per cent.
The Scottish Office says there is no evidence that crime was simply being shifted to areas outwith the reach of the cameras. Instead the total amount of recorded crime actually fell.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday December 31, 1970
Mr Paul McCartney, ex-bass guitarist with the Beatles, has recently purchased from Mr A Revie, Loch Ranachan Farm, which comprises 400 acres and adjoins his other farm, High Park.
Mr McCartney has been spending a few days on the farm with his wife and family over the festive season.
One happy Rangers fan
Mr Crawford Morans of 36 Albyn Avenue, who is employed with the Ministry of Social Security, has had a good ending to the old year. He has won £719 11s 8d on the Rangers Football Club Pools.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Friday December 31, 1920
Warning to owners of lighters
A case of great importance to the owners of the smaller class of trading vessels has been disposed of in Campbeltown Sheriff Court.
Neil Black, Tarbert, Lochfyne, owner of steamship Bloodhound, was charged with having on July 1 last proceeded to sea without having the vessel marked with the proper load line, contrary to the Merchant Shipping Act.
A plea of guilty was tendered.
The procurator fiscal stated that according to the Act no vessel could leave any port in the United Kingdom without having the load line clearly shown on her side. In the Clyde, however, the Board of Trade did not insist on this in respect of vessels trading exclusively within what is known as the smooth water area.
This area was within an imaginary line drawn from Skipness Point to Fairlie. On the date in question, the accused conveyed a cargo from Glasgow to Tobermory via the Crinan Canal.
As soon as he had left Crinan, he was in contravention of the regulations, having entered the more hazardous waters off the west coast.
On behalf of the accused, an agent stated that he had traded with the Bloodhound for nearly 40 years. During the war, the ship had been requisitioned by the Ministry of Shipping, and under the orders of that department had been sent outside the limits of the smooth water area.
The accused had naturally thought that what he had been doing during the war, when he traded to ports on Islay and the Ayrshire coast, he was free to do now.
Sheriff Macmaster Campbell imposed a penalty of £10.