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The issue raised by the Arran Civic Trust this week concerning the number of buildings on the island being left to ruin is a serious one.

The need for housing, particularly affordable housing, has been well documented in the pages of the Banner, but while progress is being made a huge amount still needs to be done.

The sight of derelict buildings, in various stages of disrepair, which could be brought back into use is heartbreaking. And why owners, large and small, cannot see the benefit of the income that could be raised from the redevelopment of these properties for rent or sale beggars belief.

The Trust article this week focuses largely on properties in the south end, but this is an island wide problem and one which needs to be urgently addressed.

However, often the problem lies in ownership, or a lack of knowledge of ownership. A first step to finding out who owns land or property in Scotland is to access the Registers of Scotland’s registers or post a notice on the door.

Perhaps we can see a few more properties brought back into use in 2019.