Pub­lic meet­ing for Ur­gle Gur­gle pier

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Af­ter walk­ing into Cri­eff Po­lice Station of his own free will, a man later left by div­ing through a win­dow of the muster room.

As a re­sult the 28-year-old, of no fixed abode, was sent to prison for 30 days at Perth Sher­iff Court on a charge of ma­li­ciously break­ing the win­dow. He ad­mit­ted nine pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, mostly for theft. Ex­hausted and un­able to find work or ac­com­mo­da­tion, the man gave him­self up to po­lice at Cri­eff on the pre­tence of be­ing an es­capee from Bar­lin­nie Prison. In the course of in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he leapt through the win­dow at the back of the po­lice station. A po­lice­man fol­lowed and ap­pre­hended him at the rear gate.

• “All we wanted to do was to build a pier,” re­marked a mem­ber of the Ur­gle Gur­gle Wa­ter Ski Club some­what rue­fully af­ter a pub­lic meet­ing at St Fil­lans in­sti­gated by their ap­pli­ca­tion to build a jetty at Ardtrostan Bay at the east end of the south side of Loch Earn.

The club was en­ter­ing its fourth year of op­er­a­tion but a plan­ning of­fi­cer deemed a meet­ing with Loch Earn users nec­es­sary to discuss what he claimed to be over­crowd­ing. Col. A Camp­bel­lCraw­ford, pro­pri­etor of Loch Earn Sail­ing School, said that as the big­gest op­er­a­tor of sail­ing boats near St Fil­lans and be­ing in the clos­est prox­im­ity to the club, he had no ob­jec­tions what­so­ever. He found the boat driv­ers to be skilled and most con­sid­er­ate of all other wa­ter users but was wor­ried about pos­si­ble es­ca­la­tion in the num­ber of boats op­er­ated from the club pier.

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