Arran Banner letters – week 07

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Spring show


At a recent meeting of the committee of the Horticultural Society, the schedule for the annual Spring Flower & Bulb show to be held on Saturday March 30 in Brodick Hall, was discussed.

In the floral art section we are looking for a ‘bouquet of flowers’, and the floral art theme will be ‘spring has sprung’. In the children’s section a painted decorated egg, has been changed to an ‘Easter bonnet’, and in the miscellaneous section a new class  ‘brassica or leek seedlings in a 7 inch pot’ have been added to all the usual entries, assuring us of another really colourful show.

Of course we are aware of the vagaries of the weather, the mild winter bringing  on garden bulbs ahead of their normal time, and then being blasted by arctic conditions. It is in overcoming these slight hiccups that makes the show such a success. The fabulous autumn colours and winter snow should make for some brilliant photographs.


John Sillars,


Arran Horticultural Society.

Triple whammy


I write from the point of view of an architect/designer about the triple issues of the Brodick and Ardrossan terminals and the new ferry, the Glen Sannox. I am neither qualified nor interested in the high politics of why, how and finance, although these do impact upon design issues.

First, the Brodick terminal. A misconceived solution but we are stuck with it. All that is possible realistically is tweaking it to make it work better. There are two obvious tweaks: to relocate the ticketing point in the waiting hall at the far end instead of at the stairhead. This would allow departing passengers to be seen off and those awaiting arriving passengers somewhere to greet them. Secondly, to relocate the bus stances to the leeward side of the terminal building, providing the maximum amount of shelter, minimising travel distances and enabling arriving passengers to see the destination boards.

I have no knowledge of maritime matters but I doubt whether the Adelte link will prove sufficiently robust in the long term.

Secondly, Ardrossan. Artists’ impressions have indicated a new two storey building, presumably similar to the Brodick one though smaller. This is unnecessary since there will be no crossing traffic. All that might be necessary is a travelator gangway to aid handicapped, elderly and encumbered passengers. The proposal to extend the railway line onto the pier would cut the marina boatyard in half which I would have thought would not be popular.

Thirdly, the ferry itself. It is a golden rule of design not to introduce innovative technology where reliability is of primary importance. A lifeline service is of primary importance to Arran. In the case of the Glen Sannox, with its untried LNG propulsion system, it would be sensible to run the ferry on a less critical link until any teething problems are sorted. And there will be teething problems, guaranteed.

Any problems with the Winton Pier are not yet clear, tied in as they are to the new ferry.


Ian Ferguson,