At random with Martin Laing week 02

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Bus shelters needed

Regular readers may recall that last summer I wrote lamenting the lack of a bus service between Oban town centre and Ganavan on Sundays.

Now I have been contacted by a correspondent, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a similar problem.

The letter-writer says: ‘There are no bus shelters anywhere on the way from Oban station to the war memorial and Ganavan.

‘And when you have completed the walk to Ganavan, the toilets are shut.

‘First, people are being encouraged to keep fit and walk but when they get to Ganavan there is no bus shelter in which to wait for the bus back, even if it is raining. It is the same all the way from Oban station: there is nowhere to rest out of the rain while waiting for a bus.

‘What we need, in the following order, is:

‘1. a bus shelter at Ganavan, 2. a bus shelter at the war memorial, 3. a bus shelter at Wee Ganavan (half way), 4. a bus stop at Dunollie Castle.

‘We have waited years for the council to give us some shelter on that road. What a difference it would make.’

What about it, Argyll and Bute Council?

Return to normality

At risk of painting myself as something of a festive season miserablist, I’m glad to return to something of normality following the holiday period.

While I am, in fact, a great fan of Christmas, I’m always rather pleased when it’s all done and dusted, the decorations are down and the tree put away for another year.

It has been a brilliant winter break, with countless parties and children’s shows, Oban looking very festive with its decorated windows at a large number of businesses, and a splendid panto in the Corran Halls. Top marks go to those involved in organising the numerous events.

Perhaps the biggest vote of thanks, however, should go to Lorraine MacCormick and her team at Hope Kitchen who turned out on Christmas Day to provide a fantastic dinner for the less fortunate among us.

What do you think?

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