Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 36

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Saturday September 4, 1999

Village revolt

North Ayrshire Council fails to provide the Shiskine Valley area with a proper cleaning service. That was the main point to emerge from a meeting earlier this week between concerned residents and Arran’s local council officer Gus MacLeod.

Such is the frustration felt by local people at this deficiency that an angry public notice to shame the council has been produced and put on display at several prominent locations listing 16 points in which the council was failing in its duty. These include failure to empty litter bins, the location of dog waste receptacles and even the garish colour of Blackwaterfoot’s litter bins.

Vic Iutz of the Harbour Shop in Blackwaterfoot, who sits on the Improvements Committee, said that although these points seem minor when taken individually, together they make a significant litany of complaint. He says that a lack of resources is the standard answer as to why they, according to Vic, are failing in their duty. It is reported that Gus MacLeod did say that there was a lack of resources and also that ‘there was no way that he could wave a magic wand’.

Kids guide

Arran could have an alternative tourist guide next summer which will cater for a very specific group of visitors who may not find the kind of information available now to be very interesting.

The idea is for a tourist brochure for children by children. More specifically, by the children of Arran’s primary schools for visiting children of similar age. At the Community Council on Tuesday evening, chairwoman Sheila Gilmore read out a letter from Corrie Primary headmistress, Mrs Angie Fisher, asking whether councillors would be prepared to support such a project. The consensus view was to give it ‘full support’.

Submissions have already started and editing will take place early in the new year with an intended date of distribution to tourist offices and other outlets next March.

Bussed in

A new bus stop marked by while line painters opposite Bay News in Whiting Bay saw a bus driver quite legally park and leave his bus last Sunday. The problem is the new bus stop blocks at least one residential driveway and meant that when a householder fell ill the emergency services were unable to reach him as quickly as they might have. Local council officer Gus MacLeod is to contact Strathclyde Passenger Transport to try and resolve the problem.


Joining the players of Arran Rugby Club’s youth section are secretary Catherine McIntyre and sponsor of their new red and black jerseys, David McClelland of the Balmichael Visitor Centre. 01_B36twe01

New teachers at Arran High School. Mr Robertson,physics; Mr Donaldson, temporary technology; Miss Gourlay,temporary Music; Mrs Walker, behavioural support); and Mr Munro,technical. 01_B36twe02

Lamlash fish farm has been bought by Nutreco, ending 18 months of uncertainty for staff, left to right: Brendan Bailey, Mark Bailey, Dougie Macfarlane, George Nicholson, Charles Todd, Jamie Sillars and Nathaniel I’Anson. 01_B36twe03

Fish farm manager George Nicholson shows an Atlantic salmon which has been farmed at the Lamlash facility. 01_B36twe04

Testing out his latest purchase is aircraft builder David Murchie of Cairnhouse and pilot Joe Turner with the Kit Fox plane which David will use once he completes his solo licence.  01_B36twe05