THE ARRAN BAN­NER 20 YEARS AGO

Satur­day Au­gust 22, 1998

The Arran Banner - - News -

Road to ruin

At the end of Mar­ket Road in Brod­ick, there is a pub­lic coup and driv­ing along this road is the only way for the pub­lic to gain ac­cess to this coup.

How­ever, driv­ing along this road is not an easy task. From Arran Dairies’ premises on­wards, the road is lit­tered with pot­holes, many of which have grown into craters full of wa­ter which it is im­pos­si­ble to avoid. Mar­ket Road, one might imag­ine, must be very close to the top of North Ayr­shire Coun­cil’s (NAC) Road De­part­ment’s list of pri­or­i­ties but it is not as sim­ple as that.

For not all of Mar­ket Road is NAC’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. The pub­lic part of the road ends out­side the BP Scot­tish Oils de­pot, while NAC it­self owns the stretch be­tween An­gus Lam­bie’s garage, which it tries to keep in good con­di­tion. But the stretch in be­tween is jointly owned by all of the premises along the road. The premises of each busi­ness in fact, ex­tends out­wards as far as the mid­dle of Mar­ket Road it­self, and thus the re­spon­si­bil­ity for car­ry­ing out th­ese re­pairs lies with the com­pa­nies who own the road.

Com­pa­nies the length of Mar­ket Road have said they would be happy to put their hands into their pock­ets to re­solve the prob­lem but the road needs more fun­da­men­tal work to keep it in a good state of re­pair.

While they await NAC’s re­sponse, pub­lic ac­cess to the pub­lic coup is still a jour­ney not to be taken lightly.

Mil­len­nium Auchran­nium

Iain John­ston’s ex­pan­sions plans for the Auchran­nie have taken a big step for­ward. Plans for the mas­sive devel­op­ment at Auchran­nie have now been lodged.

Th­ese plans show a £6M devel­op­ment which is part a 30-bed­room ex­ten­sion to the ho­tel and part an Arran leisure cen­tre such has never been seen be­fore. The scale of the plans is shown by com­par­ing the ground it will cover. The ex­ist­ing ho­tel oc­cu­pies 3.95 hectares.

When the new devel­op­ment is com­plete they will have 42.5 hectares. Not all of it will be built on, how­ever, some be­ing ear­marked for time­share ex­pan­sion should it be re­quired.

The new leisure cen­tre and land­scaped area with putting green and out­door ten­nis courts will oc­cupy all the area be­tween the present ho­tel and the road up Glen­cloy. The pur­chase of the land from Arran Es­tates is in its fi­nal stages and work should get un­der­way this year, in time for the mil­len­nium, if nig­gles with red tape and fi­nanc­ing does not de­lay the devel­op­ment.

Back to school

School be­gan this Wed­nes­day. One sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of the new term which head teacher Su­san Smith is set­ting a lot of store by is the dress code.

With en­thu­si­asm be­ing ex­pressed by both par­ents and pupils, ar­range­ments were in place last term with its full launch this week. And the re­sponse? ‘I’m de­lighted with the re­sponse,’ said Miss Smith.

‘We’re not talk­ing of what peo­ple think of as an old style of uni­form.’ In other words, no blaz­ers, not even def­i­nitely shirts and ties, but pre­dom­i­nantly black sweat­shirts for the younger ones and v-neck sweaters as an op­tion for the up­per school. Pre­fects will wear red sweaters and polo shirts should they not like wear­ing a tie. Mrs Smith added: ‘A smart ap­pear­ance as­sists to­wards smart be­hav­iour and group pride.’

Win­ners of the first an­nual Hy­dro Elec­tric Char­ity Golf day last Satur­day were Alas­tair Dob­son and Bert McGun­nigle. They are pic­tured with Phil White and Alf Hol­l­i­day of Hy­dro Elec­tric at the prize­giv­ing.

Bronze and Sil­ver divi­sion win­ners at Brod­ick Ladies Open on Tues­day with lady cap­tain Mar­garet Guald.

First day at school at Kil­mory Pri­mary. Mrs Todd with Con­nor McKel­lar, Michael Jenks, Mairi McAl­lis­ter, Shannon Gal­loway, Bobbi Adam­son, Jen­nifer Hem­mings, Andrew Earle and Han­nah Jack­son.

Brod­ick beach is packed dur­ing the Brod­ick Beach Bar­be­cue where the Arran Water­ski-ing Cham­pi­onships took place.

Pic­tured at the re­cent Pirn­mill Sum­mer Fete: Fiona Laing and Daniel the don­key take Eilidh Kerr for a ride.

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