Arran Banner 20 Years Ago – week 43

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Saturday October 30 1999

One stop shop

If the Auchrannie Hotel’s projected £4 million leisure centre goes ahead it will be one of the biggest developments on Arran.

But this week the Arran Community Council has come out unequivocally against it and have decided to lodge strong objections to the proposal. In broad terms they see it as being on a scale which is totally out of keeping with Arran. In itself the project is difficult to object to but its effect the councillors feel will be detrimental to the whole island. They say it will be a ‘one stop shop’ at which visitors will be able to get all their requirements while on Arran, thus starving other businesses.

Lighthouse for sale

As unusual houses go the lighthouse keeper’s house on Ailsa Craig must be one of the most unusual. There are three houses altogether which are owned by Russ McLean of Campbeltown. He plans on retaining the principal lighthouse keeper’s house for his own use and sell the other two for around £34,000 each. They are quite reasonable sized and there is unlikely to be any trouble with the neighbours because Ailsa Craig is uninhabited, other than plenty of birds. On a clear day the new owners will be able to see Arran to the North and stunning vista’s all around. The three things that matter to any house are location, location and location and these dwellings have all of these in abundance.

New road woes

Potholes in Arran’s roads have been an issue for sometime but now there is a new problem and it is closely connected with the extensive pipeline work which has been undertaken on the island.

There are many more large lorries driving very swiftly on the roads and where the road has been dug up for the new pipeline, edges have been left soft and open, frequently with no cones to warn drivers. The Thomson’s lorry which was seen on its roof near Kildonan is a good example of this. There, the tar had been put on top of soft material so the road edging while appearing stable just gave way when the vehicle passed over it.

People have been very patient during the works but, as with all tradesmen doing a job, they can rightly expect that everything is returned to the condition in which it is found.

With 180 years of service to the WRI between them Mary Crawford, Margaret Stewart and May McArthur were this week honoured by the Lamlash institute for their service. 01_B43tweY01

This group of youngsters assembled in Lamlash Community Centre last Sunday afternoon to take part in the Think Before You Flush campaign. 01_B43tweY02

A Thomson’s lorry taking pipe bedding to Kildonan approached a corner near Largiebeg when the road edging gave way and the vehicle somersaulted into the field below. The driver was taken to hospital, bruised, but otherwise fine. 01_B43tweY03

With 41 years in nursing, and a familiar face to all, Diana McMurray has retired from her position as matron of the Arran War Memorial Hospital.  01_B43tweY04

John Randall, seated, the Registrar General for Scotland, and Gerry McCarthy the Registrar General’s Examiner, met with the official record keepers of Arran, left Jane Kelso and Susan Barr, far right, with Sandra McGregor, North Ayrshire’s head registrar. 01_B43tweY05