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The farce worsens

You really could not make it up.

Wicksteed Playgrounds, the company responsible for the ongoing saga of Oban Community Playpark, has angered campaigners by using social media to urge people to visit their local playground.

If only that were possible here.

Oban Community Playpark, as readers of The Oban Times will know, has been closed for almost a year because of safety issues relating to the blistered and damaged surface.

Despite countless calls for action to repair the playpark and have it re-opened, Wicksteed has done precisely nothing to make amends for its failed installation.

Wicksteed’s risible defence is that the matter is in the hands of its insurance company ‘who are in the process of seeking a resolution’.


Wicksteed couldn’t simply do the decent thing by turning up of its own accord, fixing the playpark, and then chasing its insurer for the costs involved?

It is, after all, our children and young people who are the losers in all of this. They deserve much better from a company such as Wicksteed.

Help find the vandals

Words fail me – almost.

We reported last week on the lowlife vandals who targeted vehicles in Mossfield, Quarry Road and Sinclair Drive, including one that belonged to disabled William Rodger. Mr Rodger has now been left unable to get out and about because of the damage done to his car.

What possesses people to behave in such a manner? The answer is that the vast majority of us have not an earthly idea because it would never occur to us to act criminally.

Police officers in Oban are now investigating and have appealed for members of the public with any information to contact them. I would echo that request and urge anyone who knows anything to call the police on telephone number 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

What do you think?

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