Arran Banner letters – week 25

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Parking concern


I really do wonder what North Ayrshire Council are trying to do to this beautiful Isle of Arran!

Last year they tried to keep the tourists away by closing all the public toilets, but we got over that,  and now this year they have thought up another money making scheme to make Arran less attractive by deciding to charge all summer tourists for parking their cars in Brodick. But we will defeat that also.

Yes I agree that sometimes it is difficult to find a parking spot in Brodick but surely the councillors must realise that this is a holiday island that depends on tourism for its living six months of the year, and if they keep thinking up cheap money making schemes to discourage visitors then there will soon be no visitors and Arran will suffer by its demise.

How many of those councillors, who are making these ‘brainwave’ decisions, actually live on Arran or have ever visited the island? If very few then they have no right to make such decisions.

As was shown in last week’s Banner some of our visitors with big caravans amd motorhomes are most inconsiderate but that should be a matter  for the local police to slap on a ticket for dangerous parking, not penalise everybody else for just parking.

The more people that come to Arran the more prosperous the island will become and the more attractive it will be for young people to come and settle here.

We are competing with all the other islands on the west coast of Scotland for visitors and if they do not charge for parking then neither should we.  And if they do charge for parking then we should not as that will make Arran all the more attractive.

Finally what are the Arran representatives doing about it. They should be standing up at council meetings and screaming out against such decisions until they are reversed.


Jack Cowan


Correct parking


Regarding the photograph of the week in the Banner issue of June 15. I am of the opinion your reader Fraser Rae has got his y-fronts in a twist over hee -haw.

It seems to me that a horse and cart could have been driven behind the motorhome. The front of the vehicle can’t encroach onto the carriageway of the road. Parking parallel to the pavement would have taken three possibly four parking spaces. This would have been more contentious.

I, with my family, holiday annually on Arran and appreciate the problems caused by motorhomes and would say that this is the correct way to park .

So I would say to Fraser Rae get real.


Jim Baird Snr,


Larger bays


Reading last week’s Banner which included a photograph of an apparent inconsiderate large motorhome parked in Brodick overhanging the pavement and restricting pram users (debatable). There is a parking bay problem in the area of the bank and further down opposite the putting green in that legal parking does not allow two larger type vehicles to pass, one having to give way, which should have been addressed long ago.

The motorhome parking issue is another problem which would require larger bays. South of the border motor homes are embraced and many hotels are now providing up to six serviced motor home bays in their car parks charging £20 per night redeemable if the restaurant and facilities are used.

Perhaps some of Arran’s hotels should consider this if parking space permits, also the Co-op could provide this with the overnight charge redeemed on food purchase etc.

As someone who recently purchased a new motorhome, which I collected from the dealer. I was surprised that in the reception area around 12  couples were waiting to be united with their new purchase and I was the youngest there at 74.

Motorhomes are being bought by pensioners with disposable income therefore Arran has to decide if they want these people to visit or not, as unwelcome experiences soon  pass down the line in the caravan community.


Clive Mark,


Buteman saved


Coincident with the publishing of my previous letter in the Banner last week, Argyll Media sprang a surprise on June 14 by announcing that it would be launching a newspaper for Bute to take the place of The Buteman now  closing.

As a proposed sister paper to their existing Dunoon Observer this new paper will be entitled, somewhat un-catchily, The Isle of Bute News. The first edition will be published on June 21.

This is very good news!  Whilst the long decline and impending closure of the historic Buteman is extremely sad, this announcement nevertheless brings some comfort in knowing that the island will not, as threatened, be left without a local paper and a voice of its own for addressing important local issues, news items, family announcements, youth and social activities, etc, and for providing a link to a Bute diaspora elsewhere.

The new paper will share some content with its Dunoon sister, but hopefully this partnership will provide enough of a resource base for it to build a strong identity of its own and a sustainable future from.

As we well know, in an age of social media and breathless 24/7 radio, TV, 4G, and internet news reporting, the launch of a completely new local newspaper title is fraught with danger.  However, local weekly newspapers provide an important community service in various ways and can succeed.  I am sure that anyone with a past or present connection to Bute would wish this new venture every success, and hope and trust that it is given the full support of its target readership, and its local community groups and businesses, so that it might develop to be like its predecessor of 165 years and remain a long term fixture in representing them and supporting the fabric of island life.  They have certainly needed it in recent years.

The new paper deserves success.


Andrew Hamilton,

Eaglesham and Lochranza.

Citizen science


Is anyone willing to set up a web page to record all sightings of basking sharks, otters, porpoise and dolphins along the coast between North Sannox and Lochranza?

It seems that common sense and respect for our wildlife may not be enough to stop the building of a massive salmon farm there. More monitoring and facts will add weight to our voices.


Kathy Sayer,

Kings Cross.

Medical thanks


Can I give the highest praise and my grateful thanks to Arran’s wonderful health and ambulance services.

About three weeks ago, I effectively collapsed in the Shiskine surgery. The initial and brilliant response from the doctor and staff, meant I was rapidly transferred to our fantastic island hospital and subsequently, thanks to the efforts of doctors, nurses and two ambulances, I was transferred to Crosshouse Hospital that evening.

Helping to make this possible, I am indebted to CalMac who made arrangements, showed flexibility, made the medical room available and actively supported ambulance staff.

The three consultants treating me in hospital were particularly impressed with the initial skills of my GP, with an obscure diagnoses, that meant much more rapid progression to the treatment stage.

Whilst I now face six months of treatment, I am reminded how lucky I am and have been to live on such a wonderful island for almost six years. Arran cannot be beaten to my mind. Even our local kennels supported by looking after my dogs despite being so busy.

Thank you.


Ian Clinton,