Government plans for kelp dredging trials raises alarm

In an article from 17th December 2019, Coastal Communities Network Scotland report on the recent news that a Scottish government ‘seaweed review group’  plans to mechanically harvest kelp next year, despite the government following calls to stop the dredging of kelp. At the end of 2018, under pressure from many community groups, with Arran’s COAST …

The Climate Emergency

Environmental campaigner, marine ecologist and Arran resident, Sally Campbell, assesses here the lack of funding currently being invested in tackling the climate emergency and suggests that after the election next month, whoever is in government will need to start making extensive but in no way unimaginable changes in public expenditure and to the country’s tax …

Brexit and Scotland’s Future

In this report, Arran and Ayrshire MP Patricia Gibson gives us her views on the political happenings in Westminster over the last few months. With the Brexit deadline extended again and an impending general election, the Voice for Arran wondered what our MP’s perspective is on all that is going on at this very unusual …

Preventing Suicide

Local MSP Kenneth Gibson writes here about a new panel that the Scottish government has set up to help people affected by suicide.  On World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, the SNP Government announced a new panel to inform and educate on ways to prevent suicide. The Lived Experiences Panel will be made up …

Prioritising Wellness

By local MSP Kenneth Gibson In a speech to the Technology, Entertainment. Design (TED) Summit in Edinburgh on 24 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP advocated for a focus on policies that promote wellbeing and not just economic growth, to help address the rise of alienation and disaffection from politics. In a world of growing …