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Ugly pier
Why does the new Brodick pier have to be so ugly? Could there not have been some architectural design incorporated into the framework to make it more aesthetically appealing?
It never looked good from the outset but there was always the feeling that when it was complete the final outcome would be revealed to have been worth waiting for. If this is the final outcome, it is a big disappointment.
All of the old piers around the island had attractive features about them that drew you to them for all sorts of reasons. This pier lacks all of the charm that these piers generated. Does progress demand such lack of sensitivity? If you tried to build a house as ugly as this you would never get planning permission.
This may prove to be a super pier from an operational point of view but how can the ugliness be made more appealing?
Kerr Robertson,

Motorhome tax
I was saddened to read, in your letters columns of September 16, of the loss of business to the Arran brewer caused by cancelled ferry trips to and from Ardrossan. A port CalMac seems increasingly to have difficulties operating from in inclement weather.
As a South Ayrshire resident who is well aware of the better shelter at Troon harbour I can only express sympathy for the minority of the Arran population who supported the proposal to move operations from Ardrossan to Troon!
However, as person who has had many lovely holidays on and visits to Arran, I am delighted for the locals that they are getting a nice new extra ferry to serve their £22 million new terminal at Brodick on all the days the boats can run. It is wonderful that the Banner can hail a mega millions boost to the island’s economy.
Just one word of caution. I suggest all islanders view the recent information from Alasdair Allan MSP for the Western Isles regarding the bad side of the huge increases in mobile home travel experienced by Lewis, Harris and the Uists.
He points out the facts that neither the roads, parking areas nor even waste management is able to cope with a near tenfold increase in motorhome visits since 2007.
Be aware too that mobile homes neither bring business to hotels and guest houses nor do they represent an enormous source of sales as these big wagons bring within them supplies bought far from the island and often outwith Scotland.
Mr Allan is proposing a levy on motorhome travellers to the islands which Arran may also have to consider in years ahead.
John Wilson,

Festival oversight
May I through your letter columns make amends for a serious omission in the list of thanks in last week’s paper regarding The McLellan Arts Festival.
I should have accredited Johnny McLellan who very generously allows us to perform his father’s work without charge so that all of us on Arran can hear and appreciate Robert McLellan’s fine poetry and prose.
Thank you Johnny. Many apologies for this oversight.
Heather Gough,

Headling: The Arran Banner on holiday

The Arran Banner regularly receives pictures of its readers enjoying their holidays in far flung and exotic locations as well as those closer to home. When space allows we like to print these pictures of people who have remembered to take their favourite paper with them. In this weeks edition we have Tony and Angela Ellis who enjoyed their honeymoon in South Africa after getting married at Brodick Castle last month. We also have Eric Dunn and Scott Clark who enjoyed a suspiciously quick visit to see the replica Machie Moor post box in Wollombi, New South Wales, as featured recently in the Banner. Or did they just go to Machrie?

Eric Dunn and Scott Clark took their copy of the Banner with them on their suspiciously quick visit to Australia.

Eric Dunn and Scott Clark took their copy of the Banner with them on their suspiciously quick visit to Australia. No_B39letters02