Arran Banner letters – week 30

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Heartless act


For 11 years our mum’s wooden bench has been sitting on Bennan Shore, the place she loved. It was an incredible and unbelievable shock to discover that our memorial bench, lovingly made by a family member, was gone.  There were a few pieces of wood, with charring scattered nearby.

We all feel distressed and saddened by this heartless act.  Local people have been very supportive and have helped to establish a time frame when it must have happened, between Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 July.

Our family have been visiting Kildonan for four generations and can’t quite comprehend this action in such a beautiful and tranquil place.

Can anyone help us to discover what happened please? My email address is


Marje, Pat, Rosie and Ruth Slessor


The family bench which has gone missing from Bennan Shore. 01_B30letters01

McLaren site


Following your good front page in last week’s Banner about the McLaren hotel site, I believe there must be many individuals out there not in favour of the current plan, which is basically a large block of apartments with one or two frills.

I have seen excellent letters in your paper, opposing with good logic, how inappropriate this plan is and thankfully that is backed up by our local groups.

With such an important site,  surely this can’t be the only contender with a proposal?  If so,this could put North Ayrshire authorities in a weaker position to decide. But I feel confident they will not pass the abodeGroup proposal.

We can surely do better than this. A bijou hotel was a good suggestion for starters and maybe there are others.


Edward Jackson,


Lamlash notspot


I had a letter published in the Banner several years ago on the subject of poor phone coverage in Lamlash. To date, it appears the situation has not changed, despite numerous articles in the press.

A new Scottish government pilot scheme aiming to tackle so-called mobile phone signal ‘notspots’, was introduced in March, 2016 and included Arran.

I understand from an article in the Scotsman, 25 April 2018, that EE are providing coverage in Lamlash as part of a bigger project, a new Emergency Services Network which will be piggybacked on the existing EE (BT) 4G system. The ESN is replacing the existing Airwave radio system used by the Emergency Services in the UK.

There is an article in the website, dated 25 April 2018, which states that EE  4G has gone live in Lamlash, although there is no indication in Shore Road, near the council offices. I assume that 2G/3G is also being provided since not all phones have 4G capability.

This may be good news for users on the EE network, but no comfort to those on the other major phone networks.

Since there is Scottish Government involvement in improving phone coverage, I suggest the local MSPs investigate in order to find out what is the present state of play.


Robin Gardner

Lamalsh and Milton of Campsie

Neonatal thanks


We here at the Neonatal Unit at Ayrshire Maternity are wondering if it would be possible to put a small thank you from us into the Arran Banner.

This is for us and the staff and our Clinical Manager Caroline Blake to profusely thank the wonderful and very talented knitters of Arran who have joined groups together and donated continuously to our tiny babies here at the unit.

We and the babies families are extremely grateful for all the hard work and generosity that they have shown to us over an extensive period of time. All of our babies are extremely precious to us and we are grateful to each and every person who has made the effort to keep our tiny babies in fabulous knitting.

Unfortunately we are not privy to any names of these wonderful knitters but we are sure they will all know who they are when they see it in their local paper.


Louise Storrie,


Ayrshire Maternity Unit.

March pride


I was returning to Arran on Saturday July 14 with the Arran Coastal Rowing Club having competed in the Largs Regatta when I chanced upon two young ladies in the Ardrossan ferry terminal.

They were bedecked in rainbow colours and having a thoroughly good time. We had a brief conversation and they told me they’d been to the Glasgow Gay Pride March that day. En route to Brodick I saw the girls again with a larger group of youngsters who’d clearly been to the march too. What a great credit to our island and our youngsters standing up for what they believe in – tolerance, equality and inclusivity.

Contrast the message that shone out from them like a beacon of light to the hateful bigoted behaviour of the Catholic priest who held a service to atone for the ‘gross offence to God that is Pride Glasgow’. IF god exists by what special talent, denied to the rest of us, does this hateful person arrogantly profess to know what offends God? Truly his ilk belong in the dustbin of history. Thankfully he’s already been removed form the chaplaincy of GCU. Doesn’t the Lord work in mysterious ways!

The world needs more people of love, tolerance and understanding as shown by Gay Pride. Well done to that group of youngsters and to ALL who attended the march on Saturday. I’m proud of you.


Stephen Brown