Arran Banner letters – week 33

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Construction site mess


We had never expected or been advised of the work and mess involved in the construction of the access road leading up to the Brathwick housing development at the junction to the three chalets at Springbank.

Our impression was a new road would be required to enlarge the access. At no time was any indication given of the mess that would be created by the laying of underground pipes affecting access to the chalets and surrounding houses in Brathwick, let alone the incessant noise created.

We have no gripe with the workers on the site, who have been as accommodating as they could be. Our hope at the end of all this is that we will have some compensation in the way of improvements to the surrounding properties and to the driveway leading to the chalets.


Sandy McIlwham,



ALL lives matter

It was refreshing to read the balanced view in Marylin Woods’s letter, Arran Banner July 24, especially in the current climate of colonialist bashing.

I was on the BBC News website recently and noticed an article written by a Nigerian journalist. In it, she describes how her great grandfather – a well-respected businessman – was a slave trader in Nigeria during the 19th century. In addition to the internal market, slaves were also sold to European traders at the coast for transport to  America.

In 1884, Nigeria became a British colony, however, despite attempts by the British over many years, it took until the 1950s before the slave trade ceased. As the journalist stated, it was the only life the Nigerians knew and they should not be judged by present standards or values.

Today people are still being treated as slaves, in all but name, in many countries. Also TV adverts, shown daily, depict the suffering in refugee camps, famine, even lack of drinking water and now, the virus. Rather than dwelling on the past, surely it would be better to highlight present day human suffering. ALL lives matter.


Robin Gardner,

Lamlash and Milton of Campsie.


Church masks puzzle


I am puzzled by the Scottish Government decision to make it mandatory to wear a mask in church.

I appreciate that in large cities where risks are high this may be arguable, but in these same cities people are drinking in public houses and eating in restaurants without masks and the vast majority of outbreaks are now traced to pubs.

On Arran, where there has been no case for more than three months, it seems ridiculous worshippers should be wearing masks while, down the road, people will be enjoying a pint in the pub with no protection except social distancing. As a retired GP, I think this is nonsense.


John Cruickshank

Whiting Bay.


Capturing the moment


This seemed like the perfect tonic ‘photograph’ to share with the Arran Banner for summer 2020. Taken on the pier at Corrie – a genuine photograph, no editing – it captures the moment perfectly. Taken on Sunday August 2 at approximately 8.15pm. NO_B33photo01


Johanna Wright,

Bishop’s Stortford.