Birds need our wild fields

Ayrshire Post - - AYRSHIRE’S VIEW -

As a mem­ber of the Bri­tish Trust for Or­nithol­ogy I wish to protest most strongly against the pro­posed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on the green­belt be­tween Loans and Muir­head.

This area is vi­tal habit for win­ter­ing flocks of geese – Grey­lag, White­fronted, Canada, Bean Geese, Whooper and Mute Swans and a wide va­ri­ety of duck. Troon from the 18th cen­tury has been known as a wild­fowl­ing area thanks to its swampy fields which lie be­tween Barassie, Loans and Muir­head.

Since 1970 and the in­creased hous­ing de­vel­op­ment at Barassie and Earl’s Green this area has lost flocks of lap­wing which are now on the en­dan­gered list.

In this decade of stay­ca­tion, visi­tors come to Troon for many rea­sons – they will not come to our town which from Barassie to Loans is a plan­ning night­mare on the land­scape.

Visi­tors want green spa­ces and open vistas out to the Clyde es­tu­ary and be­yond. Green­belt ar­eas are es­sen­tial and pro­tect out planet from overde­vel­op­ment and car­bon gases re­leased into the at­mos­phere.

As a plan­ning team it is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our valu­able land and its many as­sets – agri­cul­tural and tourist based.

They liked the idea that the branch had no paid staff and run en­tirely by vol­un­teers with all monies stay­ing in Ayr­shire to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by MS , their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

In our ef­forts of over 40 years we have en­joyed great sup­port from both in­di­vid­u­als and the wider com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially from farm­ing cir­cles.

It is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and we thank them. Without their sup­port and our vol­un­teers, many lo­cal peo­ple with MS in Ayr­shire would be badly dis­ad­van­taged “ I am writ­ing to say that I hope that the per­son who picked up my folded five 20 pound notes in Ayr two weeks ago had a good time with it. I re­alised it had fallen out of my purse. I was dev­as­tated about it and still cry over it.

As I am an old age pen­sioner who had saved up to go and see my son up north for a few days.

I’ve been ill and it was a break I was need­ing. Now I won’t go into Ayr etc. I help other el­derly neigh­bours who can’t go out and I buy and share with them.

I’ve lost all my faith in peo­ple now and don’t trust them and I think I would never have done that.

I am old per­son with only a pen­sion com­ing in and I help old folk too.

That’s the way we were brought up, not like the young folk of to­day.

One day they will be old them­selves.

The idea EAC sud­dently cares about our her­itage or path­ways is of­fen­sive. They al­lowed Glen­buck and Burn­foothill to be oblit­er­ated.

They did not en­force their own poli­cies re­gard­ing rights of way, three of which in the Patna area are cur­rently blocked for one rea­son or an­other.

They al­lowed the Dun­ston­hill mine to se­verely re­strict ac­cess to the vil­lage of Lethanhill - where my grand­par­ents lived - by ap­prov­ing a boundary which crossed the ac­cess road.

A tar­mac re­pair of 40m, this road was a ‘ con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion’ of the pa­thetic re- in­state­ment work but wasn’t done. Cherry on the cake was clos­ing the Doon Val­ley Mu­seum to save £ 24,000 a year.

Their ac­tions show they could not care less about our his­tory or ac­cess to it. A be­lated thank you to Stephen Hous­ton for the piece he did on Lin­sey Kemp and her new Ku­mon Cen­tre on Arthur Street.

It looked good and read very well. Al­co­hol Aware­ness Week, which runs from Mon­day 13 Novem­ber to Fri­day 17 Novem­ber, is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to think about the ef­fects of al­co­hol on them­selves, their fam­i­lies and so­ci­ety as a whole.

It is re­ally worth­while to keep a check on how many units you are drink­ing each week. The odd glass of wine and a big night out could equate to a large num­ber of units which will have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on your over­all health.

The NHS has a drinks tracker app which can help you keep a check on your al­co­hol con­sump­tion. You can down­load the app from iTunes or Google Play.

Drink­ing habits can spi­ral out of con­trol with many peo­ple us­ing al­co­hol as a way of cop­ing with pe­ri­ods of stress and deal­ing with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

Ayr­shire Coun­cil on Al­co­hol can of­fer free one to one coun­selling to any­one con­cerned about their drink­ing.

Con­tact them on 01292 281238 or look at the web­site www. acaayr. org. Well it’s all over for an­other year and we hope you all en­joyed your­selves, we thank you for com­ing and sup­port­ing our fire­works night.

We would like to thank some peo­ple, without them it would not have been pos­si­ble.

First of all our vol­un­teers of which we had many in­clud­ing in­di­vid­u­als and also or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Troon Ladies Cir­cle, 41 Club - Troon, Ro­tary Club of Troon, Troon Tan­gent, Car­rick Round Ta­ble and Troon Se­cret Santa.

For help on the night we thank Ayr­shire Po­lice Di­vi­sion and Am­bu­lance Scot­land for our first aiders.

To Reid’s Amuse­ments for our Fun­fair, and our Food ven­dors in­clud­ing Sharma’s Street Food.

Our fan­tas­tic fire­works pro­vided by Mid­night Storm Fire­works and help and sup­port with a truck pro­vided from Bor­der Cars and mar­quees from Fine pro­vid­ing of bins and as al­ways con­tin­ued sup­port from The South Beach Ho­tel who pro­vided some much needed food af­ter­wards.

Lastly the fi­nan­cial help of Hill­house Quarry Group and Dis­cover Ayr­shire for their live broad­cast.

Now plans turn to Santa Float..... see you in De­cem­ber Fancy a rock ‘ n’ rolling Christ­mas? Then lace up your skates and get your­self down to Cum­nock Town Hall on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 23 for a twinkly whirl around the dance floor!

Join Roller­beats and East Ayr­shire Leisure for the ul­ti­mate af­ter­noon of fes­tive fun at the Christ­mas Roller Skat­ing Disco, with prizes for best roller dancer and best fancy dress out­fit.

There will be two fam­ily ses­sions in the af­ter­noon, suit­able for ages two and over, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm, and from 1.40pm to 2.25pm.

Th­ese will be fol­lowed by a ses­sion for ages 12 to 18 years from 3.10pm to 4pm.

Price per ses­sion is £ 8 per per­son, in­clud­ing skate hire and safety pads.

All ages and abil­i­ties are wel­come along, and there may even be an ap­pear­ance from La­p­land’s very own Santa Claus!

To book, please con­tact the Palace The­atre box of­fice on 01563 554900 or drop into the Town Hall. Places are lim­ited, so early book­ing is ad­vis­able.

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