Happy New Year

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

To say 2018 was a year of un­cer­tainty is putting it mildly and, na­tion­ally, lit­tle looks like chang­ing – at least un­til the Euro leave date of March 29.

How­ever, on Ar­ran there is much to look for­ward to in 2019. The spring should not only see the muchan­tic­i­pated re­open­ing of Brod­ick Cas­tle as well as the is­land’s sec­ond dis­tillery at Lagg, boost­ing Ar­ran’s ap­peal as a whisky des­ti­na­tion.

Work will also start around this time on the first new coun­cil houses on Ar­ran for more than 30 years, with the 34 homes in Brod­ick a much-needed shot in the arm to the af­ford­able hous­ing stock.

It is also to be hoped that now the McLaren Ho­tel site has been given plan­ning per­mis­sion for a new ho­tel, some progress will at least be made soon to clear the eye­sore sight and, still in Brod­ick, the pro­posed cin­ema in the old ferry ticket of­fice should be open by Easter.

On the ferry front, some progress should at last be made to the much-needed re­de­vel­op­ment works at Ar­drossan. Less cer­tain is just what is go­ing to hap­pen to the new Ar­ran ferry – which we can only hope will come into ser­vice at some time in 2019. Fin­gers crossed.

So it only leaves us to wish all our read­ers a very Happy New Year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.