Arran Banner letters – week 03

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Imachar slipway

Sir,

My family and I were horrified to read of the proposed timber slipway plan for Imachar shore (The Arran Banner, Saturday 24 November, 2018).

I grew up in Imachar and as a child enjoyed the freedom of playing on the shore and walking along the shore path towards Whitefarland and Pirnmill. This is something my young children also love to do on our frequent visits to see their grandparents. As other correspondents to this paper have pointed out this part of the island is currently unspoilt and tranquil.

The shore, and the coastal path (part of the Arran Coastal Way) are extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. On both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day we met numerous other people out for a peaceful, scenic walk along the shore path. There are rocks, waterfalls, caves and an old family graveyard along the route. It is a popular spot for campers and regular stop-off for cyclists (before tackling the brae!) as well as ramblers, dog-walkers and families.

There has been a marked increase in wildlife in Imachar in recent years with otters, seals, swans and even porpoises being spotted – along with numerous species of birds nesting and feeding. This proposal of a logging slipway and road would be devastating for wildlife, the landscape, tourism and the local residents. Having a constant flow of heavy lorries and other logging vehicles would render it impossible for children to play freely on the shore or for people to use the path safely.

Imachar is a very small hamlet on Arran but one which has a rich history of tourism. Over the years hundreds of people have chosen to stay in the boarding houses and self-catering accommodation in this small place, and nearby Balniken, to enjoy the beauty and peaceful tranquillity of the sea and the shore by the cliffs.

No doubt when the forestry trees in question were planted 40 years ago not much thought was given to how to get them off the island – perhaps it was assumed the roads would have improved? Surely there must be a better solution than this?

Yours,

Eleanor Weir,

Edinburgh

Barking sheds

Sir,

I refer to the article about disused buildings on Arran in last week’s Banner of January 12, with particular reference to barking sheds.

In the days before synthetic rope these buildings were used to boil up tree bark to produce a liquid to protect fishing nets.  Initially beech and oak bark was used, later acacia.  Details describing the process can be found on line at: http://www.historyshelf.org/secf/silver/links/linkc.php and in the ‘Angus Macleod Archive’.

The property adjacent to the Barking Shed in Catacol is called The Green, as in Drying Green.

Yours,

Peter W Yates

Catacol

Bernie’s lights

Sir.

Could I please use your columns to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the people  who kindly donated  to the lights this year.

The amount raised was £151 and a cheque for that amount has been sent to the committee of the children’s Christmas party.

Once again thank you and I looking forward to next Christmas which will be the 30th year.

Yours,

Bernie Jackson

Whiting Bay

February dechox

Sir,

This is a call out to all chocoholics, cocoa bean lovers and confectionary enthusiasts! A suggestion, a plea, an idea that will exercise willpower and strength whilst helping those in Scotland who are living with heart and circulatory diseases…

Dechox! I’m asking the people of Scotland to forget the ordinary New Year detoxes, which attempt to banish all pleasure during the darkest months of the year, and instead just cut one beloved item from your pantry throughout the month of February – chocolate.

Each year, heart and circulatory diseases kills 1 in 4 people in the UK, 15,300 of which are from Scotland. Money raised by those brave enough to take on the challenge will go towards the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research into heart and circulatory diseases. Last year, we saw over 18,000 chocolate lovers raise an astounding £1 million towards vital research, but with your help, we think we can raise even more in 2019.

We’re all familiar with the struggle of saying no to the left over Celebrations sitting on the coffee table. But by standing up to heart and circulatory disease and saying NO to chocolate this February, we’ll be one step closer to beating heartbreak forever! Sound like a battle you want to be a part of? Sign up here: www.bhf.org.uk/dechox

Yours,

Adrian Adams

Dechox warrior at the BHF