Maybole’s protest to achieve a bypass
for the town took to the street on Saturday morning.
Outside the Town Hall, Peter Mason, who
chairs the Bypass committee, thanked everyone for going along including
the four candidates in the by-election. He added that he had also received
an e-mail from Cathy Jamieson MSP to say that she was sorry she could not
be there because of ministerial duties.
He went on to explain the reason for
starting the bypass action, “We are still awaiting the final draft of the
STAG 1 report which should have been complete in the autumn. Even after
the report comes out, it is still up to the Transport Minister to say
whether we are getting a by pass or not, even if the stag report comes out
in favour of a by pass. Work will not start until 2010 at the earliest.
“The longer we wait to take action, the
more damage is taking place to our historical buildings, the more danger
to our people
“We have written, we have asked , we
“It is now up to the people of
Maybole to protest.”
Mr Mason also said that the action they
were taking would be the first of many and varied forms of protest that
the Bypass Committee was planning.
“We are arranging a meeting of all
groups in the town to discuss in detail what the next form of action
He outlined what was happening on
Saturday saying that the committee were going to re-launch their banner ,
then walk down the High Street to the pedestrian crossing, and cross over
the crossing a few times.
He stressed that the protest would be
carried out peacefully and legally using the lights on the crossing as
they should be used.
“As everybody knows about the danger of
this road,” he added, “We would that care should be taken at all times
while walking down to the crossing and also while using the crossing.”
He then invited anybody who wished to do
so to take part in the protest.
The action certainly seemed to be
effective as even using the crossing legally there was soon a build up of
Afterwards Mr Mason said he was
“absolutely delighted” with how the action had gone and commented, “On
behalf of the committee I would like to thank everybody who was there -
the infants in buggies, the young people, and the not so young people, who
all contributed to make this day a success. I would like to offer a
special word of thanks to the police for their attendance.
“As I have already said this is only the
first in many and varied actions that we plan to take
The campaign for a Maybole by-pass is
moving on this week with local groups being contacted for support and a
letter being made available for local people to copy and send to the
Transport Minister. Following on from the recent protest in the High
Street, the Bypass Committee met last week to review the event.
In general, the committee members were
pleased with how the action had gone, especially the fact that no one
had been hurt on what is regarded as a very dangerous road. Committee
chairman Peter Mason said, “For a first try, we felt it was successful
and there has been some good feedback. We have got people talking about
a bypass again and there was a good response from drivers, including
“We would like to see every shop with
posters supporting a bypass and we will get these printed soon. We will
also have stickers supporting a bypass printed and our banner will start
to appear on many of our local buildings to raise its profile.”
All local groups will be invited to
attend a joint meeting in the Welltrees Inn on March 14 at 7.30pm to
plan further action. A letter to the Transport Minister will be placed
in Maybole Resource Centre this Friday and everyone is asked to sign a
copy and send it of to the Scottish Executive.
MAYBOLE the historic capital of
Carrick has been waiting for over 50 years for a byPass. The rumbling
of the traffic through our town is having an adverse effect on our
historical buildings. Parents with young children are terrified to walk
down the street with their prams in fear of traffic mounting the narrow
pavements. A tragic accident is waiting to happen!!!!
We are aware that the STAG 1 report
has now been completed. The town waits in anticipation for the results
and to learn of the next step which will be taken towards agreeing to a
How much longer do we as citizens,
both young and old, have to wait for our main street to be safe to walk
down? We urge you to look favourably on a bypass for Maybole.