Arran Banner 20 years ago – week 37

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Saturday September 11, 1999

New fire station

The new Lamlash fire station is now operational. There will be no official opening until November when the Firemaster and officials will visit. But on  Tuesday a small amount of formality marked Arran’s oldest fire brigade moving from the home they have been in since 1948 to a brand new custom built premises.

It has been a long time in coming. The need came from the old garage being too small for the fire engine. It could not park in it with the extending ladder on top, thus, when a call came in, firemen had to first fit the ladder to the vehicle before setting out for the fire. A site had to be found and this was not easy as it had to be central. Once selected, objections were received but after a mildly acrimonious public meeting the plan went ahead. The fire service receives an average of two calls-outs a week. While chimney fires are on the decrease being called to road accidents is increasing over the last year however flooding has been the biggest task, cutting away trees and assisting householders in protecting their houses.

Muddy waters

Water quality was an issue for a long time on the island but now all the problems are being solved with the new pipeline. Or are they?

Some people with private water sources are less than pleased. The route of the pipeline which cuts across Glencloy has had the unfortunate effect of also cutting across the private water supplies for the row of cottages situated just below the route.

Householders affected by this have had brown water coming out of their taps and they do not know when it will clear again. The water board has been trying to assist in any way that it can. First they put sandbags across the water source to filter the water and when that did not work they delivered quantities of bottled water to each house. The water board has now promised to build a detour pipe for their supplies which should rectify the problem.

Fuel furore

The Arran Council for Voluntary Service is going to make a fuss about petrol prices on Arran. Looking into these for a year now, they produced a survey which showed that indeed, petrol on Arran was about the most expensive available anywhere.

They will begin with a public meeting which will be attended by trading standards officers. The main purpose of the meeting will be to gauge public feelings about the price we pay for our petrol and whether people wish to take the issue further. It will be a difficult task. The high price paid on Arran has sustained for many years and it is not easy to find out exactly why it should be so expensive.


Outside the new Lamlash fire station are from left: deputy commander Keith Small, sub officer Dan Bremner, Roderick Hamilton, Bill Young, Graeme Hutcheson, Alex Sallows, Clifford Latona, Paul Jameson, Willie Currie, Neil Young and Robert Simpson. 01_B37twe01

The old Lamlash fire station which has been in use since 1948. 01_B37twe02

Howard Driver meets his hero, Sir Alex Ferguson, at the launch of his autobiography at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. 01_B37twe03

Thomas Duffett and Gavin and Fraser Gilbert test out a 1954 Ferguson TE20 tractor at the 6th annual National Trust Country Fair. 01_B37twe04

Geoff Brookes of Southbank Farm judges at the Kildonan Sheepdog Association’s dog trials which were held at the National Trust Country Fair. 01_B37twe05