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Saturday August 21, 1999

South Arran pipeline

Work on the new south Arran water pipeline, or ring main, continues apace. For a few weeks now the work has been clearly visible besides the String Road as the path of the pipe marches on, to the Balmichael borehole in one direction and down towards Glencloy in the other.

Speaking to Norrie Pollock of engineering services at West of Scotland Water he said that the supply, as well as being plentiful, was of good quality. It is slightly harder than surface water and that only little or no treatment would be needed to make it fit for human consumption. The only chemical required would be chloros which is related to chlorine and is standard for any new water supply.

The ring main’s route takes it from Shiskine valley borehole east to Brodick, and then south through Lamlash, Kings Cross, Whiting Bay and High Kildonan on to Kilmory. The pipe will travel mainly across the back of Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay, with spurs to service reservoirs at Corriegills, Whiting Bay, Kildonan and at the end of the line near Bennan.

It is expected that the project will be completed in 12 months time and the southern half of Arran will then have a new, clean and plentiful water supply.

High speed ferry

It’s two and a half hours to Belfast on the high speed ferry from Troon. People in Whiting Bay see it whizzing up the Firth of Clyde each day and are thus constantly reminded of it.

Ideas of newer types of vessel to serve Arran have been mooted, or flown as kites, for over ten years. Already there are some people whom we believe are looking into the uses of other types of vessels. Whether as replacements to the ferry or as an additional mode of travel we are not sure. In the past CalMac has taken a very conservative line towards non conventional ships and in the late 80s, when they were raised, there was a long and technical argument against them.

There have been meetings on Arran about making use of the Troon ship, either in its off time or on a more regular basis, and it is believed that CalMac might be more open to the idea. This is all very much in the future but if it does transpire, we shall all be able to travel to the mainland on a different type of ship, and probably in half the time.

End of leaded petrol

After January 1, 2000, around 800 of Arran’s estimated 2,000 vehicles will no longer be able to fill up with leaded petrol as the government is phasing it out. Instead an alternative will be provided which is known as LRP or lead replacement petrol. This will affect all cars older than a K reg.

The publicity claims at the moment – which come from an alternative fuel provider – say that it can’t be used on motorways and that it may cause your car to overheat. It is also claimed that LRP will have no standard and that it may damage your engine and your health. Mr D G Weir of Weir’s Garage says that these are dire claims from people who have a vested interest in dissuading people from using it.

Elaine Duncan of Brodick entered the horticultrual show for the first time and istantly became the champion hydrangea grower. 01_B34twe01

Chairman of the North Ayrshire Council’s community safety forum and Arran councillor John Sillars presents Arran Mountain Rescue Team leader Alistair Hume with a certificate in recognition of the part they play in ensuring community safety. 01_B34twe02

Selling plants and garden gnomes are the ladies from the shop Bay Tree of Whiting Bay. Owners Roslyn Whincup and Sue McGreevy have attended every one of the village ‘weeks’ this summer. 01_B34twe03

All of the trophy winners at this year’s Horticultural Society Show which took place in Lamlash with a record number of entries. 01_B34twe04

Overall winners of the annual Scottish Hydro Electric charity golf match at Brodick were Andrew Gillespie and Hugh Angus who are pictured with Susie McKinnie, Robin McKinnie of Scottish Hydro Electric and Rosie Cook.  01_B34twe05