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“NO to Congestion – YES to By-Pass” That’s the slogan for Maybole’s latest campaign to get a by-pass for the town and it is featured on new car stickers which were launched last weekend. The town’s By-pass Committee had invited designs for the car stickers with a prize of an i-pod nano and the winner was 11 year old Rory Galloway, a P7 pupil at Gardenrose Primary. Rory was presented with his prize by David Kiltie, chair of Maybole Community Council, at the launch in Maybole Town Hall last Saturday morning.


Also attending the event were local prospective candidates for the Scottish Parliament elections which will be held in May. The committee had arranged a coffee morning with displays of the proposed route for a by-pass and ran a DVD produced by Carrick Academy pupils which outlined the case for a by-pass. After the presentation, the prospective candidates were invited to outline their thoughts on the need for a by-pass and how a date for starting it could be established.


It has long been agreed by all the political parties in the Scottish Parliament that the case for a by-pass for Maybole has been well proven. It was agreed many years before the creation of the Parliament that for Maybole to be able to progress as a viable modern town in a tourist area a by-pass was an absolute essential. However, although the case for a by-pass has been accepted, the planned route is not in the Scottish Government’s Road Building Programme for some time to come. The Bypass Committee now feel that it is time for the town to remind those in power that this problem will not go away and is growing steadily worse day by day.


Richard Leonard, Scottish Labour Party, said he well understood the problem of congestion, and he had no hesitation in supporting the campaign for a bypass. “We must do all we can to convey the crucial importance that Maybole people attach to the future of the High Street to those in power. “I have no hesitation in supporting this and it is worth remembering that Keir Hardie had commented that politicians respond to pressure. “We need to fight shoulder to shoulder to do what is necessary to get a bypass.” Peter Kennerley, Conservative Party, lives on the A77 and said that he knew exactly how things are and he had no doubt about the need for a by-pass. He added, “I have been impressed by the strength of local feeling and support. “A tremendous amount of work has been and you have my wholehearted support for a by-pass which is vital to the town.”


With 12 years experience as an MSP Adam Ingram, Scottish National Party, said he was very familiar with the issue which is a key one for local people. “An important quality is persistence,” he added, “and Maybole people have been persistent in their campaign. “The project, with a preferred route, is sitting there on the shelf so the question is how we get it to happen. “The new estimates for building the Forth Road Bridge show considerable savings which could be helpful in getting a Maybole Bypass. “We have to work together on this.” Great stress was put on cross-party cooperation and it was pointed out that Maybole was the only bypass proposal which had the support of all parties including the Green Party.


There was a very lively question and answer session which brought about some good proposals for taking the campaign forward and Peter Mason, chair of the By-Pass Committee immediately announced that a meeting of the committee would be held in the Town hall on Wednesday March 30. He went on to thank the three prospective candidates, those who had attended and especially his committee members who had put in so much hard work. He also thanked Rory for his car sticker design and congratulated him on winning the competition.


The Maybole Bypass Committee has a new website to promote the construction of a bypass for the A77 around Maybole located at "The town's people have been continuously and relentlessly campaigned to groups, council, ministers and the government to request the development and construction of a bypass for the A77 around the town. The bypass committee have been running a campaign for many many years. The committee have recently received the confirmation from the current scottish government minister for transport that Maybole WILL indeed get a bypass. The timescales have however not been made known. We urge all users of the A77 trunk road to support the campaign to announce a date for the construction and development of the bypass to begin."

There was a public display of the maps for the proposed bypass in Maybole Town Hall on Thursday and Friday the 21st and 22nd of February. Following on from a meeting with the Scottish Transport Minister, Maybole Bypass Committee put on the display and invited all MSPs as well as Provost Sloan and local councillors. Peter Mason, committee chairman, said, “While we were on our visit at the Scottish Parliament, there was a representative from Transport Scotland at the meeting. This lady was very helpful and when we were explaining about our display, asked if she could help. more

Transport Minister Tavish Scott MSP presents the STAG 1 report to a delegation from Maybole. The minister met the group accompanied by Cathy Jamieson MSP at Scotland's new Parliament sits at the foot of Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile. Two options for a Maybole bypass are to be taken forward following a detailed study into the transport issues facing the town centre. The study looked closely at the transport problems in the town where the A77 trunk road passes a narrow section of carriageway in the town’s High Street between shops and the “A” listed Maybole Castle. full article

Green MSP Chris Ballance (plus wife Alice and 11 week old Calum) with  Maybole Bypass committee

Photos from days of action for a by-pass for Maybole. Anyone interested in joining the protest was invited to meet at the Town Hall car park. A lot of folks were there!

In two years time our little town will be close to the focus of world attention, and our High Street the artery leading to that focus---- I speak ,of course, of Turnberry Golf Course, where the Open Golf Championship will be staged in 2009. I submit this poem I was moved to write a couple of years ago, and hope it may galvanise the Tarmac Surgeons into action soon. - Edna Collie

June 2006
The next day of action for a by-pass for Maybole is this Saturday, June 3. Anyone interested in joining the protest is invited to meet at the Town Hall car park at 10.45am. Peter Mason, chair of the By-pass Committee said at the weekend, “Because of holidays, trips, etc. we expect our numbers to be down and would ask the people who regularly turn up to bring one other person with them, people they know agree with the protest but have never been on it.”

In the background there is still an argument going on about signs saying the pelican crossing lights were not working at the Easter weekend. Mr Mason and others in Maybole maintain that there were no signs erected until after Easter Sunday but Amey and Transport Scotland insist they were there before the holiday weekend. They also maintain that the signs were collected by Amey on April 20 – yet Mr Mason has photos showing the signs still there in mid-May! He has been in touch with Cathy Jamieson MSP who has been subsequently in touch with Amey and Transport Scotland. more about the by-pass.

Malcolm Reed, chief executive of Transport contacted the MSP recently saying, “Thank you for your e-mail of 26 April on behalf of your constituent Mr Peter Mason about recent problems which have arisen with the pedestrian crossing signals on the A77 trunk road in Maybole.

I am aware that this crossing was subject to a number of failures last summer and Amey carried out detailed investigation work to find out the underlying cause. All the main components were replaced at that time, some repeatedly, and Amey has expressed concern at these further failures. Amey's performance in repairing the crossing on this occasion did not comply with our Contract and Amey apologises for this. Officials in the Trunk Road Network Management Directorate have already asked Amey to maintain stocks of spare parts to minimise such problems in future.

I note that Mr Mason's communication with you is largely in connection with events of Tuesday 19 April and, in particular, the question of whether a sign was provided to advise motorists that the crossing was not functioning. This has been investigated with Amey who advise that although such signs are not normally displayed for failure of a pedestrian crossing, they were erected on this occasion in response to Mr Mason's insistence. Amey confirms that the signs were placed at 16.40 hours on Thursday 13 April and were noted by Amey personnel in position at various times during the following weekend. Amey can offer no explanation for the temporary removal of the signs other than they were removed without Amey's knowledge or authority. The signs were collected by Amey on completion of the works to repair the signals on 20 April.

Although I also note Mr Mason's comments regarding his discussions with Amey, I would point out that their contract requires only that they provide a means for members of the public to report defects on the network. These are logged and prioritised for repair within the timescales laid down. While their Control Room staff are also happy to give general information, where available, there is no requirement to engage in detailed discussion on individual issues. Similarly, Amey's Media Officers are engaged to provide liaison with members of the press and it is unclear why Mr Mason made such contact when he had been repeatedly advised that the matter was in hand.

Amey will continue to keep the crossing installation under close scrutiny but, in the meantime, they ask that their apologies for delay in carrying out repairs be conveyed to your constituents.”

Mr Mason points out that April 19 was a Wednesday not a Tuesday and so far has had no reply to his claim that he has photographs clearly showing the signs still there in May.


Maybole’s campaign for a bypass moves to Edinburgh this week when Tranport Minister Tavish Scott will meet a delegation from the town. The visit to Holyrodd has been arranged by Cathy Jamieson MSP and the Bypass Committee has also been in touch with other MSPs and to enlist broad cross party support. On Friday Conservative MSPs Phil Gallie and Derek Brownlee visited Maybole to see the problem first hand. Peter Mason, chairman of the Bypass Committee, outlined the history of the campaign to the MSPs adding that it seemed that more and more they had been “fobbed off”.

Nicol Stephen MSP, Tavish Scott’s predecessor as Transport Minister and now depute First Minister had visited Maybole on the 8th December 2003 and announced funding for an initial study to look at the option of a Maybole Bypass on the A77 trunk road. Local people had welcomed this announcement which was seen as a positive move to improve safety and congestion in Maybole. The Scottish Executive had then appointed Atkins to carry out a Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) analysis for Maybole.

Atkins had reported their preliminary findings to Maybole Community Council’s AGM in May 2005 and the full report was to be published in autumn last year. The concern now was why was it taking so long for the report to be published. Phil Gallie said he needed “no convincing of the need for a bypass for Maybole” which he described as “a critical area”. Derek Brownlee was also happy to have the opportunity to meet the committee and the two MSPs discussed methods of helping the campaign move on. Written and oral questions in the Parliament were considered as were motions and debates.

Mr Gallie said it was essential to keep the impetus going and to involve everyone especially Cathy Jamison who is the constituency MSP. He was sure most politicians were sympathetic, although he did not think the Green Party would come on board. On Saturday morning, however, Green Party MSP Chris Balance visited Maybole with his wife Alice and their 11 week old son Calum.

He told the committee, “Scottish Green Party policy is to oppose major new trunk road building in Scotland, except for by-passes of small towns or villages severed by a major traffic artery causing major social, environmental and safety problems.”

He said he would like to read the STAG appraisal before finally committing himself, adding, “In principle there are very clear grounds for supporting a Maybole by-pass. The A77 cuts the town in two, the huge volume of road traffic creates major social, environmental and safety problems, and a by-pass would transform the quality of life of residents.”

He went on to say that Greens are dismayed that the Executive is abandoning its targets for traffic reduction saying, “Road traffic is a leading producer of climate change gasses, kills hundreds of people in Scotland each year and adds to social exclusion. But if a single carriageway, speed controlled by-pass could be built without causing undue damage along its route, then I would be very pleased to consider supporting it.”

He concluded, “A by-pass for Maybole would certainly bring far more social and environmental benefits than the £500billion M74 inner city motorway the Executive are proposing for Glasgow.”

Mr Balance has also tabled a question “To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects the Atkins STAG appraisal of a by-pass for Maybole will be published, and why it has not yet been published given that the Minister promised on 9th March that Part One would be published ‘in the next few weeks’."

After meeting the three MSPs Mr Mason said that there were plans to meet Sandra Osborne MP this coming Friday and Adam Ingram MSP the next day. He spoke of the support the committee has received and all members agreed that the response was very encouraging. “We were further encouraged with e-mails of support from Struan Stevenson MEP, and Alex Ferguson MSP,” he said.

Struan Stevenson had written to Nicol Stephen saying, “I spent twenty two years as a Councillor on Kyle and Carrick District Council fighting for a Maybole by-pass.  The situation has deteriorated since them, with much heavier volumes of traffic and bigger lorries choking the narrow main street.  I have never driven through the town without having to wait in a queue to make way for on-coming traffic.  It is dangerous, polluted and bad for business.  The town is so congested no tourist would be attracted to stop.

I urge you to do all you can to ensure that a by-pass is constructed at the earliest possible opportunity.  All this delay is deeply frustrating as I am sure you can appreciate.” Alex Fergusson had emailed saying, “As a resident of Barr village from 1956 to 1999, I wholeheartedly support your campaign and, although Parliamentary protocol forbids me from openly representing you, you may be assured of my support wherever it can legitimately be given.”


At the last meeting of Maybole By-pass Committee, it was a unanimous decision that the campaign should be stepped up in various ways. The committee agreed that a protest should be held outside the Scottish Parliament to lobby MSPs about the lack of the publication of the STAG report for the feasibility for a by-pass for Maybole. Peter Mason, chair of the committee, said, “This document should have been available last autumn. We have a copy of a letter responding to a letter sent by Cathy Jamieson, our local MSP with regard this issue. In a reply from the Roads Minister, Tavish Scott, dated 9th March 2006 he states ‘I can confirm that part 1 STAG appraisal for the by-pass is expected to be published in the next few weeks’. Mr Mason added, ‘In my language a few weeks means two or three weeks not 14 and still counting, or am I wrong? Is this just more politicians’ talk?’ He continued, “On Thursday 29th June a visit to the Scottish Parliament has been arranged with the help of Cathy Jamieson.


Ms Jamieson has arranged for a delegation of campaigners to listen to the First Minister's Question Time and the opportunity will be given to put the case for a by-pass for Maybole to the Roads Minister, Tavish Scott. “This Friday 23rd of June at 11.30am, Phil Gallie, MSP, will be visiting Maybole to listen to our views first hand. Phil Gallie has been a supporter for a by-pass for the town for many years. “On Saturday 24th June at 11.30 am, Chris Ballance MSP (Green Party) will also visit the capital of Carrick. Chris knows this area well and has already put forward a question to the parliament on the lack of the STAG report being published. “The following Saturday, 30th June at 11am, Sandra Osborne MP is also meeting with the committee.


Sandra has supported the campaign since being voted an elected member to the Westminster Parliament. “All list MSPs have been e-mailed asking for their support for the campaign and to date a very promising response has been received from the majority of them confirming their support and also looking for further information.” The next committee meeting will be held this week mainly to discuss the protest at the Scottish Parliament and the date of the next protest in Maybole. A further report will be forthcoming after this meeting. If any members of the public would like to be informed individually of the date of the next protest please telephone Peter Mason 01655 882660. Mr Mason also said, “If any members of the public would like to join in the protest outside Scottish Parliament, please contact me as soon as possible.”


May 2006. At a meeting last Tuesday night Maybole’s By-pass Committee made the decision to hold another protest on Saturday, May 20. After consultation with the police, however, and because of police resources being used on other events, the committee agreed to hold the next protest on Saturday, June 3. It was further decided to contact list MSPs for this area to ask for their support in the campaign.

Peter Mason (left in photo on right above) thanked Peter Walker for interrupting his rural conference to allow those attending to join the bypass protest on Saturday morning. This time the protestors marched the length of Maybole High Street - from the Town Hall to the Castle and back up to the Town Hall. Peter Mason can be contacted at 01655 882660

February 2006. 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.

The Scotsman     Tuesday 7 June 2005  Holyrood hears plea to upgrade 'goat track' section of the A77

A77 Maybole Transport Study "Report of Public Consultation" as prepared by Atkins and delivered to the Scottish Executive.

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Atkins was requested in April 2004 to undertake a study of transport problems on the A77 on the section through the town of Maybole in South Ayrshire. It was agreed that residents in Maybole would be consulted on the existing situation in respect of the trunk road in Maybole. This report summarises the main findings of the surveys undertaken.

Maybole High Street

"The A77 Trunk Road through Maybole - South Ayrshire Council's Proposals March 2005" has been prepared and submitted to Atkins for consideration.

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This report comprehensively details South Ayrshire Council's aspirations for Maybole - An A77 MAYBOLE BYPASS. For additional details see this South Ayrshire Council webpage.

Sign the A77 Campaign petition online.

I believe the picture on the front of the Maybole Community News really does ask the question, what are the Scottish Executive doing about the safety of the residents of Maybole ? I have been involved in public safety for many years, it has been part of my job to identify and control risks to the public. As part of my responsibilities it would have been my role to create unsafe scenarios involving the public and then carry out emergency drills to ascertain if the emergency procedures we had in place were adequate to protect public safety. As soon as I saw the picture in the Maybole Community News, I wondered what the Scottish Executive have planned for the residents of Maybole in a scenario where the large white juggernaut vehicle, parked in the middle of the gridlock High Street, with no where to go, was in fact, a Petrol Tanker, laden full with hundreds of thousands of litres of highly inflammable fuel, [ not hard to imagine, as many tankers laden with explosive chemicals and petrol pass through the town daily]. What if, just as the picture was taken, the tanker's engine caught fire. The drivers of the other vehicles would, quite rightly, immediately leave their vehicles and run away to a safe place [ Minishant !]. The tanker would have no driver and even if he stayed, no escape route to move the vehicle. This would leave the centre of the town exposed to a burning time bomb. No emergency service would be able to get near the burning vehicle because of the abandoned vehicles and if the worst happened, [ which does happen ! ], many people would be killed, and the shops, offices, bank, and apartments in the High Street would either be blown to bits, or burned down. I am aware that this scenario could be used for other towns along the route, but Maybole is the priority. It is, without any doubt, more at risk than any other town on the route because of the gradient of the road, and the restrictions, due to commercial deliveries, the width of the High Street, and the close proximity of shops and residential properties.

There are many other arguments that could be put forward, even new D.D.A. legislation. Is Maybole High Street really open and safe for a disabled person to enter ? Imagine yourself in a wheelchair coming up the right hand side of the High Street and that Juggernaut is heading your way ! You don't have to be in a wheelchair, if you were suffering from bad eyesight, would you like to venture along the pavement with the present traffic situation ?

I will restrict myself to this one question for the Scottish Executive, Would you please ask the Scottish Executive, on my behalf. Given that my Petrol Tanker, stuck in a gridlock, on fire, scenario came about, what would be their response, can they give assurances that they have recognised this as a possible risk and if they have done, then could they explain to the people of Maybole what PROACTIVE procedures do they have in place to prevent such a disaster ? and what are the REACTIVE procedures for emergency services to tackle the problem, given that their vehicles could not gain access to the Tanker, because of the abandoned vehicles in the High Street ?

Kenneth Crawford
Resident on absence leave.

October 2004

A BYPASS for Maybole remains well out of reach. That was the blunt message from a Holyrood minister to MSP Cathy Jamieson. "Unfortunately, given limited resources, such solutions are not always possible," deputy transport minister Lewis Macdonald has told her. Ms Jamieson had written to him on behalf of worried constituents in Maybole, Mauchline and New Cumnock. But none of the three towns is earmarked for a bypass in the current programme of improvements. And Mr Macdonald wrote back to Ms Jamieson: "While we are continuing to identify priorities for future roads programmes, all potential schemes stand to be judged in the light of competing national demands." He goes on: "I realise that many residents of these communities view a bypass as essential to effecting improvements in levels of safety and comfort." But he highlights the Scottish Executive's `limited resources' and adds: "In certain situations, the best response is afforded by relatively low-cost measures to constrain the speed and access of through traffic. "In recent years, such steps have been taken to good effect in all three towns." Mr Macdonald points out: "As regards road improvements more generally, there are six schemes scheduled for the A77 and four for the A76 over the next three years, representing an estimated investment of some £10.75m. "These works target a number of maintenance and improvement issues."  From the Ayrshire Post of February 15th, 2002.

Here are other news items regarding some of the efforts to obtain funding for a by-pass. October 2000  January 2000  Below is a good description of the Maybole By-pass issue by Peter Mason, Chairman, Bypass Sub-committee.

About two years  ago (1998) Maybole Community Council decided to set up a Sub-Committee to campaign for a by-pass for Maybole. Since then, we have raised a petition with over 3,000 signatures, we have met with the last two Scottish Office Roads Ministers and have invited our new Roads Minister, Ms Sarah Boyack MSP to come to Maybole to see at first hand our traffic problems. We have built a dossier of letters from groups and individuals who support our campaign.

As far back as 1951, Maybole was identified as in need of a by-pass. The High Street itself was built at a time of horses and carts. In the same High Street we have 30 ton lorries going through night and day, as Maybole sits on the A77, the main road link between Scotland and Ireland. Our High Street is so narrow that when two of these lorries pass each other on the High Street they sometimes clip each others wing mirrors and where the High Street narrows, some of our pavements are less than one metre wide making it very dangerous for pedestrians.

I now quote from our local plan of 1981 which was reviewed in 1991:


Hopefully the most significant development to occur within Maybole local plan area between 1989-1994 will be the construction of the A77 by-pass for Maybole. The need for a by-pass was identified more than 30 years ago. The local plan 1981-1986 contained recommendations urging the then Scottish Development Department to press ahead with the early construction of a by-pass for Maybole.

Construction of the Maybole by-pass

Road construction of this by-pass is programmed to start within 1992-97 period and will take two years to complete.

Tourist Development

Completion of the Maybole by-pass should ensure that the atmosphere of the town centre will be conducive to tourism, particularly to day visitors. The tourist potential of Maybole has not previously been exploited. The town has a number of potential attractions. The centre core of the town is an outstanding conservation area containing many listed buildings of architectural and historic interest. The town contains a total of 49 listed building, including the grade A listed Maybole Castle and the old Collegiate Church.

End of quote.

We have great support from the local population and the support of our two local Councillors and our MSP. It is also my opinion that if we don’t get a by-pass within the next few years, the volume of traffic going through Maybole, will do serious damage to some of these 49 listed buildings. As you can see, we have waited a long time for a by-pass.

Peter Mason, Chairman, Bypass Sub-committee

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