Arran Banner letters – week 36

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New notices


At the Scottish Government Cabinet, public discussion meeting held in Lamlash on August 27, I raised two issues regarding the new ferry terminal with the minister of transport, Michael Matheson.

I requested that written signs be placed at the ticket counters in Ardrossan and Brodick explaining that assistance was available to foot passengers for help with luggage and for those with impaired mobility. While some residents are aware of the availability of these services, many visitors and residents do not know that they can receive help in managing the long passageway and large number of stairs. Mr Matheson agreed that the placement of written notices should be fairly simple to implement.

During the coffee break I had the opportunity to speak to the minister privately and he assured me that he plans to meet with CalMac executives shortly in order to request that these written notices be placed as soon as possible. As he is based in Edinburgh he asked me to let him know when, and if, such notices are in place.

As a part-time resident of the island I can only monitor the situation from May to September. Therefore I would greatly appreciate any help that can be given by full time residents who use the ferry terminal regularly. Please let me know when the written notices are in place by sending an email to me at:

I also requested that the minister of transport use his power to improve coordination of bus service with the ferry arrival times so that foot passengers are not left behind when buses to the north and south of the island leave before all foot passengers have left the terminal. Anyone who has experienced such difficulty should contact me so that I can report to the minister.


Sharon Shenhav


Speed worry


I have been a part-time resident on the island for a number years. I am fortunate enough to have the use of a shared, child-friendly property on Clauchlands Road and, on occasion, a friend’s home on Tennis Court Road. I am a keen supporter of the island as a whole and regularly attend charitable and other events.

I am anxious to raise awareness of the speed at which trades and private vehicles travel along these roads. Particularly Clauchlands Road which has a speed restriction of 30mph. On some days I feel like I’m living beside a motorway.

Sadly it is no longer safe to allow children to cross the road to the beach unsupervised. Walks and bike rides have become hazardous. Exiting driveways is like playing a game of Russian roulette.

I would respectfully ask that all drivers be mindful that there are many children, of all ages, resident or holidaying – not only on Clauchlands Road but the entire island. There are also many domestic pets.

We have wildlife in abundance. We enjoy at close quarters, squirrels, pheasants, heron and rabbits frolicking in our garden. Indeed, that is one of the main reasons for my letter. We watched in horror this morning as one of our young rabbits became the victim of road kill – flattened to a pulp right outside our gate as he was crossing the road, by a vehicle clearly exceeding the limit. It may only be a matter of time before the next victim is a child.

Please help by raising awareness of this very serious issue.

Yvonne Macfarlane,

Roads shame


All in all, our stay in Arran was everything we should have expected from a holiday. We’ve returned relaxed, happy and planning to visit again.

Now for the downside – the roads on Arran are pretty shocking in places. I could only put this down to poor repairs which have left rutted surfaces and which will have you worrying for the tyres and wheel rims when you hit them. Incidence of potholes is also high so care is needed when driving on some stretches.

Don’t let that put you off though. Arran is a fantastic wee gem with lots to offer.

Bless you.


Judy Angel


Get involved


Macmillan Cancer Support’s World Biggest Coffee Morning event is fast approaching and we would love for readers in North Ayrshire to get involved. Having become a national institution since it launched in 1990, it has raised millions to help change the lives of people living with cancer, including here in North Ayrshire

Last year some 200,000 people said that they were planning on taking part in homes, workplaces and schools across the country – but the idea remains as simple as ever: come together as a community in support of people living with cancer and raise money for Macmillan.

Cancer can affect every aspect of a person’s life, from their day-to-day living and relationships to their finances and mental health. Macmillan is there to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can.

Offering a broad range of cancer information and support services – including a free support line and a community of over 7,700 healthcare professionals – demand for Macmillan’s services is constantly growing, but we rely on the generosity of the public to provide this support.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning takes place on Friday 28th September (but people can host whenever they want) and people will be making a difference however they get involved. Whoever they invite and whatever they serve, people are highly encouraged to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning in a way that suits them.

If people can’t bake, that doesn’t have to stop them. Throughout September, headline partner M&S will be selling a selection of limited edition Coffee Morning products – including lots of cakes, biscuits and two exclusive mugs – with 10 per cent of proceeds going to Macmillan.

Homes, workplaces and communities from the Shetland Islands to Land’s End will be hosting Coffee Mornings this year; readers in North Ayrshire can find events nearby using the interactive map on the Coffee Morning website ( Thank you to everyone who gets involved: every Coffee Morning changes lives.


Joanna Lumley

Macmillan Cancer Support