Arran Banner letters – week 28

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Code of practice


Like the NHS I am celebrating a 70th anniversary this summer … in my case I have been holidaying on Arran since 1948. While changes were gradual, in recent years RET has encouraged a glut of campervans. I commiserate with residents, like Rory Cowan (Letters 7th July),  who have to put up with unacceptable behaviour. I can understand the desire to impose laws, but I fear this will take time and will require enforcement.

May I suggest a more immediate action to try to get more reasonable behaviour: construct a code of practice for campervans advising locations where overnight parking can occur and where it  should not. Advise on locations for disposal of effluent. Advise on road manners such as speed, overtaking and use of passing places. This could be done before the end of July.

The code of practice could be given out with the ferry tickets by CalMac, or follow the example of the Isle of Colonsay where a resident volunteer meets every ferry and hands out an envelope containing brochures on attractions to the island. An alternative would be to have someone paid by the advertisers, to hand out the package of brochures and code of practice while vehicles are in the queue at Ardrossan and Clonaig,

I hope something can be done before the reputation and the environment of Arran is besmirched.


Ian A Brown,


Arran of old


I have just received a pack of Banners for May/June from a friend on the island and, honestly, what is going on would deter any visitor or prospective resident.

There are numerous criticisms, as usual, about the ferry terminal and service, and yet the builders received an award for an overpriced, unsympathetic building.

Arran used to be a place of peace and now a monstrous new hotel is proposed without adequate parking. What happened to sympathetic planning? Gone, with Lady Jean, and I hope she is not turning in her grave.

Roads closed, more traffic along the Lagg road which could scarcely cope before the new distillery was planned. Potholes, sinkholes, the list grows.

Can it possibly be as bad as it seems? Admittedly, I left two years ago and I was already aware of an increase in traffic and knew that the new ferry terminal would be unsympathetic to foot passengers. Toilets closed, children’s swings etc gone.

Not the island we knew in 1983.


Millie Maule,

Former Arran resident.

Cardinal date


I am always informed and pleased with reporting on the Banner, which I have been reading for over 18 years. Today, however, on the front page of No 2081, I had to word check what ‘cardinal date’ meant and it looks like CalMac’s CEO has a poor – as in incomplete or lacking – command of English.

Do we now need to read between the lines on all future reports on when the new ferry comes in to service?


James Thomson,


By Imachar.

Tenants’ views


I am seeking to hear from anyone who has experienced rental property problems on the island. Not so much attaining property to rent, which as a former Arran resident I know all about, but difficulties with the practices of landlords and landladies.

I’d be especially keen to hear from anyone in the Whiting Bay area. Your experiences will help inform a series of articles I am researching for publication on the subject. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.

You can email me at:


Tony Black,



Excellent care


I should like to express my sincere thanks to the Arran Ambulance Service and Lamlash Hospital for the excellent care my sister received when she became seriously ill on the evening of Monday June 25 while on holiday in Lochranza.

Her condition necessitated her transfer to Crosshouse Hospital by helicopter, in the middle of the night, where she is now recovering from surgery.

Our family has a long association with Arran and have had a holiday home in Lochranza since the 1930s and this recent event confirms for us what a wonderful island Arran is, not only for the beauty, but equally important, for the people who live and work there.


Gillean Macleod,


Road praise


Time for the bouquets! What a delight it is to drive over the Bougouille to Lochranza on the newly resurfaced road.

Thanks to North Ayrshire for a splendid job approaching and leaving Corrie.


Elma Stevenson,


Motorcycle show


Thank you for an excellent report on the motorcycle show held at the museum on July 1.

However I would like to point out that Ronnie Logan and myself confine our activities to organisational duties and were not involved in judging the amazing turn out of machines of the two-, three- and four-wheeled variety.

Ian Leitch, Ronnie Logan and myself organise the setting up of the bikes/cars, the selection of judges and the class prizes. Everything else, from entertainment to advertising, is done directly by Tom Mcleod and his museum staff.

Sadly, due to other commitments, it will be my last year helping with the event. If anybody is interested in taking my place and helping with one of the most popular fundraising events at the museum, please contact me by emailing: and I will put you in touch with the others.


Lenny Hartley,