At random with Martin Laing week 48

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Public health risk

I flagged up the problem of an unsightly discharge on George Street back in October but the problem has become worse rather than being resolved.

The mess is spreading from the entrance to Spice World, between the New Look and Superdrug shops, and is now right across the pavement and flowing down the gutter in the parking bays. It is being trampled even further by people passing along the street.

I believe it is now posing a risk to public health, and not only because it might be an unsavoury substance rather than just water leaking from a downpipe.

With colder weather now with us, this is going to make the footpath like a skating rink once it freezes. And, make no mistake, we will have freezing temperatures and possibly imminently.

Will it take until some poor pedestrian has skidded on the frozen waste, fallen and fractured a bone before something is done? I certainly hope not.

I am unsure who has responsibility for this, but it is high time action was taken to remedy what could be just a minor leak.

Great sports

I was genuinely disappointed for Oban Lorne Ladies that they came so close to clinching the Tennent’s Women’s National League 1 Group A title last weekend.

The girls seem to have been unbeaten for as long as I can remember and went into the championship decider against Ayr with a winner-takes-all at stake. Unfortunately, Oban Lorne Ladies just came up short but what a season it has been so far.

They now take a winter break but I’m sure they will bounce back in the spring cup competitions.

On the subject of their sport, the rugby scene in Oban is vibrant, with age group teams and the men all doing well. Indeed, it was cheering for me to read in last week’s Oban Times about great wins for both the 1st XV and under-18s. Both are at home this Saturday. Go along and cheer them on.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.