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Having lived, worked, and now having my own business on the island, I read your article regarding the proposed redevelopment at the McLaren Hotel in the Saturday May 19 edition with great interest.
The site formerly an attractive and popular 30 bedroom hotel, restaurant and bar has sadly been allowed to fall into disrepair. Not a great first impression for visitors and an eyesore for the rest of us.
A new facility is to be welcomed however the scale of this proposed development concerns me greatly. It will totally dominate the seafront. Parking which is already a problem with the new terminal – increased traffic flow, etc will be made more difficult.
The potential of 97 rooms brings the possibility of at least 60 cars per night during April to October and the 30 or 40 staff mentioned, will also need spaces as no staff accommodation is provided. Non residents using the restaurant are likely to bring cars as well which brings us to the 150 additional spaces that are mentioned in their application (along the front). People from outlying villages park on the seafront if catching the ferry as foot passengers and it is used by camper vans and so I worry slightly.
The effect of the approved plans for additional accommodation at The Douglas on traffic/car parking we obviously don’t know yet, but this will also impact on the current situation.
Regarding visitor accommodation on the island I feel it is necessary to point out that in addition to the two main hotels mentioned in the application there are quite a few other large hotels as well as guest houses, bed and breakfasts and an increasing number of holiday lets/second homes offering a range of accommodation. Many individuals have registered and make a living through Air B&B (currently over 100) offering a local ‘visitor experience’ and many catering for the budget traveller.
The new jobs, training, etc are great but will these jobs provide secure, good, all year round employment which is crucial to those trying to live and work on the island?
Yes, over the summer months accommodation is at a premium, but do we need 97 bedrooms?
Are these going to operate over the winter months? (I know it is not viable for us to open and we are a small business).
There are many unanswered questions as yet.
Are you living with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, or do you care for someone who is? Are you a health professional working in this field?
If so, the Cross-Party Group (CPG) on heart disease and stroke in the Scottish parliament wants to hear from you.
The CPG is holding an inquiry into the prevention, detection, treatment and management of high blood pressure in Scotland.
The inquiry will gather information from people living with high blood pressure, those who care for someone with the condition, and clinicians and organisations with an interest in high blood pressure services.
A report of the findings will be published in January 2019 and will make clear recommendations to the Scottish government.
If you live in Scotland and have ever been told that you have high blood pressure (even if you don’t need to take medication to manage this) you can share your views through answering the questions in the survey at bhf.org.uk/hbpinquiry
You can also share your views there if you are a clinician or work for an organisation with an interest in hypertension services in Scotland.
British Heart Foundation Scotland
We would like to say a big thank to all the local businesses that donated raffle prizes, the wider community for buying raffle tickets and the help and support from parents and staff.
We had a beautiful sunny evening for the event and raised a massive £1,100 for school funds.
Thank you again.
Kilmory Primary Parent Council
I’m inviting your readers to get their walking boots or trainers on for the Stroke Association and sign up to the summer marathon challenge, Walk Your Way.
In April 2013 a year after my own stroke I took on the London Marathon. It was a huge step in my recovery and helped to draw attention to this devastating condition while raising money for a wonderful charity that I’m proud to be an ambassador for.
Walk Your Way takes place between June 17 and July 1 to raise money to support stroke survivors and their families. You can walk the whole 26.2 miles in one go, do it over a few days or spread the distance over the two-week period and get sponsored to do it. It’s your chance to take on the distance of a marathon on your own terms.
For many stroke survivors, like me, getting your life back means overcoming life-changing disabilities and emotional difficulties. By taking part in Walk Your Way you’ll be helping to reduce your own risk of stroke, and the vital funds you’ll raise will help the charity to support more stroke survivors to regain their independence.
Sign up to Walk Your Way now: stroke.org.uk/WalkYourWay
Former Australia rubgy player and stroke survivor.