Archive for March 2012
When we first set up this on line version of Easdale people we didn’t attempt to mimic the original quarterly magazine. Our idea was to have free flowing, live, online magazine addressing all aspects of island life, where everyone could view and contribute if they so wished.
In the last 17 months, since the concept of the new Easdale People, there has been some very controversial issues raised and covered, we make no apologies for covering topics which would have or have had a dramatic and long lasting effect on island residents everyday lives, ie the wind turbine. This is where the online version differs greatly from the old paper edition.
One of the aims of this magazine is to promote and, if possible, protect the unique conservation status of Easdale Island. In the last 15 years the island has seen many attempts to challenge the conservation status by means of planning applications for development of housing, proposed development of a hostel and even a direct challenge to the local development plan itself using a notable Scottish QC, John Campbell. The aim of this was to develop 10-12 houses on the allotments. Thankfully the Reporter appointed to hear the case threw it out, stating that those seeking to challenge the LDP did not represent the island community and only had self interest at heart, ie lining their own pockets.
Easdale Island with its conservation status is not the place for people with large scale developments in mind, the community has spoken on more than one occasion, the island doesn’t need or want a development group, run by a few and opposed by the majority.