Arran Banner Letters – week 26

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Tiered bureaucracy

Sir,

Your report on the ‘Uproar over move to bring parking charges to Brodick’ takes the biscuit.

Firstly, the Scottish Government slashes ferry fares to get more cars here then another tier of bureaucracy imposes charges on the same cars when they arrive. You couldn’t make it up.

The Arran Banner would do us all a great service by introducing North Ayrshire Council to the Scottish Government. The left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing.

Yours,

Alistair McIntosh, non-motorist, Lamlash.

Parking ditty

Sir,

I read with interest and with a certain amount of dismay,

That parking charges in Brodick will soon come into play.

Why impose these charges there, I struggle to understand,

When safe parking in Lamlash, is in such great demand.

A beautiful and popular village of that there is no doubt,

But what a nightmare when one is trying to drive out.

Illegal and dangerous parking as folk are crossing the line,

So why not introduce more spaces, even the odd parking fine.

Forget about parking charges and perhaps concentrate on thus,

That some of us locals have to park up, rather than travel by bus.

To visit and care for elderly parents and family across the Clyde,

Spending quality time and a few precious days, on the other side.

What good are parking charges really going to achieve,

One can’t help but wonder how extreme and somewhat naive.

Why not make it easier for us to book our cars on a busy CalMac ferry,

And create motor home places that would surely make us merry.

Yours,

Lorna Greig, Lamlash.

Negative vibes

Sir,

I read about the parking charges planning for the shorefront in Brodick, Arran Banner June 15.

I and others feel this proposal would be a huge mistake and produce negative vibes for the village and the island.

Tourism is so popular now in Scotland and Arran thrives with reduced ferry fares for cars. Imagine if visitors to the island were prohibited from parking on the shorefront and face parking fines on what should have been a lovely holiday on this beautiful island.

Please consider this and leave things as they are. If it is not broken, don’t fix it.

Yours,

Katrina Scatchard, Wakefield.

Citizen science

Sir,

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 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.

Yours,

Kathy Sayer, Kings Cross.

Lost dog

Sir,

My thanks go to members of Arran Coastguard who picked up my miniature Daschund Walter after he got lost on a walk. We collected him from the police station and he was a happy boy.

Yours,

Moira Howie.

Prostate partnership

Sir,

Every year, more than 3,000 men in Scotland are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Sadly, almost 1,000 men die from the disease every year. In some cases, their deaths could have been prevented had they received earlier diagnosis and treatment.

In an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer and encourage more men to talk openly about the disease, Prostate Cancer UK is launching a  partnership with Bowls Scotland.

Over the year-long partnership, prostate cancer information and leaflets will be available within bowling clubs, awareness posters will be displayed on washroom doors and clubs will receive the offer of training on key prostate cancer messages to bring up in conversation with their members. Clubs and members will get the chance to buy the charity’s ‘Man of Men’ pin badge for a suggested donation of £2 each.

The charity will also be at the 2019 Bowls Scotland National Championships in July to provide health information, access to services and support to bowlers who may have concerns about prostate cancer – a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes – the same time it takes to play a typical 15-end game of bowls.

Prostate Cancer UK’s ambition is to stop men dying from prostate cancer. To achieve this, it is crucial to reach as many men as possible. Partnering with Bowls Scotland provides an opportunity to get these important health messages out to 61,000 members across 860 bowling clubs in Scotland, whilst also raising vital funds, and has the potential to save lives.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can also contact Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses in confidence on 0800 0748383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org.

Yours,

Bronywn O’Riordan, Prostate Cancer UK.