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Saturday February 27, 1999

Planning persistence

Going through the red tape of planning and building warrants is onerous enough but when apparently insurmountable problems arise it requires great tenacity to go further and appeal to the Scottish Office. Yet that is what a potential home owner, who wants to build in Silverhills, Whiting Bay, has had to go through. The bizarre situation saw Ian Edwards being refused planning permission owing to a condition that he makes a roadway to the house. Yet this was impossible because a neighbour’s wall extended into the centre of the space where the road was to be constructed.

It was recognised that the wall was in breach of planning but the authorities were time barred from taking any action. Thus Mr Edwards, through no fault of his own, was unable to build on his property and the council unable to enforce the rules to correct the situation. A lengthy and frustrating stalemate meant that neither side could progress. Thankfully the story has a happy ending as a Scottish Office reporter has now visited the site, decided that the road condition is incompetent, and stating that he supports Mr Edwards’ appeal to get permission to build his house.

Homework help

For a few weeks now there have been three successful study or homework clubs running on the island for high school pupils to go along, for help with homework, a place to study and meet with their friends. The three groups meet in Lamlash, Corrie and Shiskine.

The teachers who run the clubs point out that there is not a representative for each subject but that most questions can be answered and positive peer support has helped with anything which has been beyond the teacher present. The idea of the clubs is to work for half the evening and then to socialise, listen to music, play games and relax. So far the groups have been reasonably mixed with standard grade and higher pupils but it is proving very popular and gives Arran’s youth something constructive to do.


At the first meeting of the new tourist board committee Ronnie Mann was elected chairman and will represent Arran at the Ayrshire and Arran Tourist Board. 01_B09twe01

Kicking off this year’s drama festival are participants from Whiting Bay who joined Shiskine Junior Drama Club in presenting the first two plays of the festival. 01_B09twe02

Winner of the Young Musician of the Year, Mhairi Holmer, second left, with Miriam Gough who had been runner up in the Arran heats, with head teacher Sue Smith and music teacher Anne Lee, who is holding the trophy. 01_B09twe03

Holly and Vicky Tulika spent Saturday morning helping their grandmother, Vera Kirk from Corriegills, with cleaning and polishing items in preparation for the summer reopening of the Arran Heritage Museum. 01_B09twe04

Kerr Robertson, Arran’s head forester since 1985, is set to retire next month. The man who will take on the post, Andy Walker from Moffat, will be moving to Arran shortly and has already been working with Kerr. 01_B09twe05