Worrying times

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It is important that Arran looks to the future and decides just where the island wants to go.

At a meeting last week, as outlined on this page, Arran Economic Group chairman Tom Tracey gave his ‘retrospective’ view of how Arran would look in 2030.

Interestingly, he predicts a two-ferry, year-round service and a 5G network leading to an increase in population – which would be great.

However, perhaps someone should tell the powers that be. Arran has endured another week of widespread disruption to the ferry services, the indifference of CalMac, as shown on their visit to the island, and heard yet more evidence of the MV Glen Sannox fiasco at the Holyrood inquiry.

The fact that it will be already 2022 or later when, or even if, we get the new ferry means 2030 doesn’t seem that far off. The thought of 5G coming soon, too, is also of considerable concern and the the involvement of Huawei does little to instil confidence in its smooth and speedy rollout.

All of which must raise questions about how this will boost the Arran population. Already there have been worrying national headlines about visitors being put off by ferry disruption so we hope that will not extend to people wanting to live here.

These are worrying times but let’s hope Tom’s predictions are right.