In This Year

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MAY 1972

Mr T R Craig, formerly a director of the British Steel Corporation was appointed chairman of the Hunterston Development Company, succeeding the late Mr Hugh Stenhouse.

Mrs A F Nisbet, county councillor for Catrine, opened the new youth and community centre ,formerly Ardeer Halls, at Stevenston.

Elizabeth Millar, 33 Lumsden Place, Stevenston, and Alex Bingham, 7 McDowall Avenue, Ardrossan, were the first-ever winners of the Saltcoats and District Young Citizen of the Year competition.

Saltcoats Victoria committee and canteen rooms were gutted by fire. Damage amounted to £300 .

A Juvenile Orange Lodge parade took place in Saltcoats.

JUNE 1972

Ardrossan Town Council held a successful Civic Week.

Thousands of Orangemen marched through Saltcoats against the wishes of the magistrates and held a rally at Laighdykes.

The radio programme " Down Your Way " was broadcast from Stevenston.

Stevenston Town Council agreed to acquire ground at Ardeer Recreation Club for housing.


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JULY 1972

Stevenston Sea Angling Association 'A' team became Scottish Shore Champions by winning the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers knockout competition.

Thirteen-year-old Ardrossan boy Tom Donohue became the youngest-ever winner of the Scottish Boys' Chess Championship.

A new hotel, the Stanley, was opened in Saltcoats.

As an experiment Dockhead Street, Saltcoats, was closed to traffic on two Saturdays.

Thousands of people invaded the beaches in one of the warmest and busiest Glasgow Fairs for years.

AUGUST 1972

The national dock strike hit Ardrossan Harbour but had little effect on Arran.

A Saltcoats youth was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Princess Anne took part in the Annick horse trials at Irvine.

The building strike hit the area with 90 per cent of local building site workers downing tools.

Unemployed figures were up during the month due to the increased number of school leavers.


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SEPTEMBER 1972

The 200,000th telephone in the Scotland West Area was installed in the home of Mrs Janet Dodds, 63 Eglinton Road, Ardrossan.

A new £200,000 factory for William McCrindle and Son was opened at Dalry Road, Ardrossan , by the Under-Secretary of State, Mr George Younger.

The Countess Cinema , Saltcoats, closed after being a cinema since 1915.

Thirty-seven employees at the Metallic Manufacturing Company in Ardrossan were made redundant. Two men were later reinstated.

Saltcoats burgh rates were increased but were lowered in Stevenston, Ardrossan and Kilwinning.

Sixty youths rampaged through Saltcoats wielding various dangerous implements. Six Stevenston youths were later fined a total of £265 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

OCTOBER 1972

The Rev Dr E G Balls, St Cuthbert South Beach Church, was installed as Moderator of the Presbytery of Ardrossan.

The British Steel Corporation and Oil Refining Services International of Italy made applications to Ayr County Council for permission to develop at Hunterston.

Conversion to natural gas took place in Ardrossan and Saltcoats.


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NOVEMBER 1972

Ayr County Council stated that the Italian concern ORSI would only be allowed to develop at Hunterston if BSC went elsewhere.

If pollution at the Nylon Plant in Stevenston continued the town council agreed to send a report to the Department of Environment.

A new annexe to South Beach Eventide Home was opened.

Ayr County Council agreed to oppose the Government Bill for the reform of local government.

DECEMBER 1972

Prominent local businessman Mr William McCrindle bought over the old South Yard at Ardrossan Harbour with a view to building ships and possible oil rigs.

North Ayrshire was hit by 80mph gales causing extensive damage, but no-one was injured.

Three people died in a house in Saltcoats when fire broke out in their sitting room.

Saltcoats Town Council received a petition from 570 ratepayers in protest against their non-implementation of the Housing ( Financial Provisions ) Act.

Hunterston will not get a multi-million pound steel complex but may get a steel pellet plant, said a statement released by the Government.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF 1973

JANUARY 1973

The year got off to a bad start with hooligans causing trouble on Hogmanay. Record sales of liquor may have been the catalyst for many incidents.

Caledonian-MacBrayne Limited took over ferry services from the Caledonian Steam Packet Company.

Kilwinning is to have a health centre.

An extensive survey of Ardrossan Harbour may lead to increased use and improved shipping facilities.

Saltcoats rents will rise, announced Treasurer Robert Lambie.

An advance factory is to be built at Willowyard Industrial Estate, Beith.

FEBRUARY 1973

Chevron renewed bid for oil refinery at Hunterston while Sir Fitzroy Maclean, MP, spelled out the costs of Hunterston.

Beithcraft won a top award at the International Furniture Exhibition at Earls Court.

Ardeer Quarry could be a nature reserve, suggested ornithologist Mr Ian Fraser.

Saltcoats Town Council were ordered to prepare a rent rebate scheme and to charge standard rents for houses in accordance with the Housing ( Financial Provisions ) Act.

First sign of a rift in the Labour members of Saltcoats Town Council over the rents issue. Four Labour councillors abstained as the council agreed not to implement the Rents Act by only two votes.

There was a unanimous decision to strike and picket Ardeer factory by 300 Blasting Department workers after a three hour meeting at Saltcoats Town Hall.


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MARCH 1973

There was a series of strikes in North Ayrshire. Three hundred workers continued their strike at Nobel's Explosive Company, Ardeer; the dispute between 250 tradesmen and Delaney Galley, contractors at Hunterston 'B' power station, stretched into the 11th week; civil servants staged a one-day strike; and British Rail cancelled all rail services because of a one-day strike by 30,000 footplate workers.

Treasurer Robert Lambie was warned after a scene at the Court of Session.

The go-ahead was given to fill in the 67ft deep Ardeer Quarry.

Saltcoats Town Council agreed to implement the Rents Act - but their rents were still the lowest in Scotland.

Magistrates warned licence holders about under-age drinking.

Auchenharvie Swimming Pool opened to the public.

APRIL 1973

The Arran ferry berth to be altered at a cost of £200,000.

There were to be no municipal elections in either Ardrossan or Saltcoats in the last elections under the present system of local government.

Separate health centres wanted by Ardrossan and Stevenston Town Councils.

A laundry blaze at Ayrshire Central Hospital caused £250,000 damage.

Saltcoats was included in a list of towns under consideration for yachting and cruising facilities in Ayrshire.

Thousands of Easter weekend holidaymakers flocked to the coast.


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MAY 1973

There were few surprises or matters of interest in the elections, but there were Labour gains in the Garnock Valley.

North Ayrshire Coastal Development Association launched a campaign for the re-zoning of the Hunterston area for agriculture, tourism and recreation.

Two policemen were fined for assault.

A "safe " smoking mixture is to be made at Ardeer, it was announced , after fire broke out in the nitrocellulose store area causing £100,000 damage.

JUNE 1973

Hunterston ore terminal was approved by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Provost Gooding of Stevenston wants more jobs at Ardeer.

BSC stated their case for Hunterston but there was opposition from Ayr County Council.

There were plans for the replacement of the level crossing in Princes Street , Ardrossan, by continental-type barriers.

Ayr County Council again rejected the Hunterston Development Company report on the potential for industrial development at Hunterston.

Work started on the redevelopment of Stevenston's central shopping area.


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JULY 1973

There was criticism that the site of the new St John's Primary School, Stevenston would be opposite the refuse coup.

Hunterston - ORSI and Chevron tried again.

Saltcoats Town Council changed their minds about increasing rents and decided to ignore the undertaking made in the Court of Session in Edinburgh in March.

BSC warned off private developers at Hunterston.

Ore terminal approved despite strong objections by NACDA.

There was a reduction of 6p in the Ardrossan rates.

More crime - Kilmarnock Court to be extended.

Stevenston residents were angry over the refuse coup.

Fairlie Action Group supported proposals by the South of Scotland Electricity Board to erect a further three generating stations in preference to other industry at Hunterston.

NACDA lodged a formal objection against Ayr County Council's Compulsory Purchase Order for land on which the proposed ore terminal would be built.

AUGUST 1973

Sir Fitzroy Maclean, MP for Bute and North Ayrshire, announced he would not seek re-election in the next general election.

There were seven hundred objectors to the county council's CPO for 365 acres at Hunterston.

The world's largest park may be built around Eglinton Castle, Kilwinning.

The ombudsman investigated the CPO protests.


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