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Saturday July 26, 1997
The Arran Information and Advice Service is now in its ninth year having successfully survived the recent local authority reorganisation.
Figures show that it has been another busy year for the organisation which dealt with 646 enquiries in the year to May for a total of 565 clients. This is a very similar figure to last year, demonstrating that the need for the service has not diminished.
For the first time an attempt has been made to quantify the amount of financial help secured for clients through assisting them to claim benefits and in some instances making representations on the clients behalf through the review and appeals system. Over the year, approximately £43,000 was obtained and if you include Job Seekers Allowance and Income Support the figure rises to £82,000.
Researchers who have made Arran’s sewage problems their own will continue to watch outflow pipes on Monday and commence a sponsored Arran coastal walk with beach cleans along the way.
Amazingly the research includes watching the overflow pipes at peak periods and then sorting the material into organic and inorganic – by hand with rubber gloves. Nicki Soutter of Abertay University said: ‘ You get used to the smell. The purpose of the somewhat unpleasant task is to see if the quantity of inorganic material is getting less and if our campaign is having some effect.’ Volunteers are being sought for the beach clean and sponsors sought for the walk which will benefit the Arran Brass Band.
The bands Rough Justice and Counselled Out played to a large and appreciative audience in Brodick Hall last Saturday. The start was delayed, however, due to one pipistrelle bat. Rough Justice, the first band to play, decided that discretion was the better part of valour and declined to play until the bat had left the hall.