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The residents of Arran have certainly made their feelings clear about the proposed expansion of the fish farm in Lamlash Bay.
They have turned out in droves at six meetings held around the island by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) to tell the Scottish Salmon Company that the seas around the island are not for sale.
The meetings show that support for this position is not just in Lamlash, where the most impact is felt, but in Brodick, Whiting Bay, Kildonnan Blackwaterfoot and Lochranza.
The company themselves say they consider consultation an important part of the planning process but that is not helped by officials of the company calling the Arran community potentially worse to deal with than a ‘vipers nest’.
If the Arran people have genuine concerns, which they have expressed again and again at these meetings, then they deserve to be addressed. Arran Banner readers too have been quick to add their opposition in recent letters pages – and in a great deal of detail too.
Similarly the submissions of COAST must be seriously taken into account when the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and planning officials consider the present application which would almost double the size of the existing fish farm.
This situation is not going away any time soon, and it is vital that the voice of the people is heard.