Price of progress

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The inevitable march of time, cheaper ferry fares and the continual promotion of tourism has allowed Arran to become an all year round holiday destination.

Our busier shops, bars and restaurants are all testament to this, but so are our roads, and more specifically, the availability of parking. It is fair to say that finding parking or even driving along the Brodick shorefront can become somewhat restricted at times of peak activity.

We do like to consider ourselves as being distinct from the mainland in many ways, and we most certainly are, but in some, we are just like any other seaside village to be found along Scotland’s rugged coastline – many of which have had parking measures introduced.

The onset of paid parking and the scourge of problematic parking is just one of the realities of modern day living – and increased tourism – that we now face and the question has to be asked: Can we maintain the status quo on Arran or are we destined to accept the negatives along with all of the positives ?

As the proposals take shape, both in consultations and legislature, it will be interesting to see if we can find an ideal balance between retaining one of the many things that contribute to keeping Arran so special and the seemingly inevitable price of progress.