On Saturday 20th April a large crowd including representatives from the PSPS Scottish Branch Committee and branch members gathered on Helensburgh Pier to send a message to Argyll & Bute Council that the town needs a working pier. There were speeches by committee members of the Helensburgh Seafront Development Project and also by Jackie Baillie and Maurice Corry, both members of the Scottish Parliament.
All those that spoke expressed concern that Waverley would not be able to call at Helensburgh anymore due to the poor condition of the wooden section of the pier, and that people should contact their local Argyll & Bute Councillors to show them the depth of feeling regarding the pier. They also encouraged people to sign the online petition www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-the-waverley-back-to-helensburgh.
Marine tourism on the Clyde is increasing with many cruise ships making calls at the Greenock Ocean Terminal just across the river from Helensburgh, it was suggested that a ferry service between the Ocean Terminal and Helensburgh Pier could potentially bring many thousands of tourists to Helensburgh each year.
Without working piers Waverley cannot operate, so it is essential that they are maintained and kept in a usable condition.