Backing for Machrie slipway

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Sir,

In response to your article ‘Villagers united in fight to stop Machrie slipway’, I am writing in support of the proposed timber extraction slipway at Machrie and to advise not all residents are against the proposed Forestry Commission plans.
I would like to inform Machrie Improvements Committee chairman David Price, who noted no-one was in favour of the scheme, that we are actually very much in favour of this scheme.
I think the concerns over the use of the Machrie Moor road are unfounded as I believe only half of the 3.2 miles of road will be used – a one-mile stretch at the top and 0.6 miles at the bottom.
If the existing extraction site at Brodick were to be used instead of Machrie, the top one mile of the Moor road would still be used, followed by a further nine miles (approx) over the String, passing the many pedestrians en-route past the museum, Brodick Primary School, Brodick seafront and the busy ferry terminal – all for the sake of avoiding using the bottom 0.6 mile of Moor road.
As regards the ‘semi-industrial environmental eyesore’ on Machrie shore, if that’s what a pile of logs in a field can be characterised as, then so be it.
I’m fairly certain the Forestry Commission will have plans in place for getting the timber across the road and loaded onto the barge without causing the anticipated chaos and mayhem and will allay any concerns about the impact this scheme will have on traffic and the area in general.
Our house is surrounded on three sides by this forest so we are very aware of what impact extraction will have on us, but as we were living here when the forest was planted, we were always aware it would be harvested and, personally, I have always found the Forestry Commission to be good neighbours and very aware of what impact their operations have on surrounding areas.
Jon Hollingworth
Machrie.