White Van Man – Glen Creran plan should be dumped

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I read with interest that a company has submitted a planning application to Argyll and Bute Council for a sand and gravel quarry in Glen Creran.

The landowner, Dominique Collinet, a Belgian businessman, has given the go-ahead for the application to be made.

This application should be dumped in the nearest skip.

In Argyll and Bute – particularly Oban – we see a large number of tourists coming to the are in summer.

More and more people are visiting our caravan and camping sites to enjoy the beauty of our countryside. And what does Mr Collinet do? He backs the creation of a quarry in one of the most stunning glens in the west of Scotland.

We in the Oban area already have several quarries supplying the same kind of sand and gravel.

Apart from the panoramic value of this area, the glen is home to several species of animals, some of which are protected. The impact on the landscape and wildlife would be catastrophic.

Argyll and Bute Council must realise the amount of land developed for quarries and wind farms is spoiling the area.

The promise of cheaper electricity from wind farms was never going to be realised by the average householder. But the landowners who lease out land to quarries and wind farms have certainly made finan­cial gains.

And com­munity organisations have received funding from wind farms, presumably to keep them from asking what happened to the cheaper electricity we were promised.

Glen Creran is served by a single-track road used by locals, cyclists, tourists and children. The impact of quarrying lorries would be horrendous.

I only hope Argyll and Bute Council refuses planning permission so that we can all enjoy the glen’s grandeur and beauty for years to come.

George Berry