At random with Martin Laing 14.02.2019

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Cleaning up

I was delighted to read our report last week Oban Community Council is calling for an urgent summit to discuss the increasing problem of litter in and around Oban.

It is a subject I have been banging on about for a considerable time in this space, most recently in our issue of January 17 when I lamented the state of the town centre.

Now at last, it seems, someone has paid attention and is agreeing with me that, first, there is a problem and, secondly, it must be addressed.

According to our report: ‘A summit of community councillors, education chiefs and town groups to discuss the escalating problem of litter in and around Oban should be held at the earliest opportunity.

‘That was the unanimous view of everyone in attendance at Oban Community Council’s monthly meeting last week when the shocking state of the town’s paths and beauty spots was highlighted.’

The summit would be a starting point but simply talking about what is in plain sight will achieve very little.

Argyll and Bute Council needs to assign workers to tackle the problem as a matter of urgency.

The current situation is just not good enough.

Parking plan

Also from this recent Oban Community Council meeting came the proposal to use land at Oban Airport as a long-stay car park.

The idea was suggested by Councillor Roddy McCuish and, at first glance, has much merit to it. Any ideas which will help to alleviate the shambles that is the current system and relieve some of the congestion in Oban are to be applauded and I commend Mr McCuish for coming up with this plan.

He also, however, talked about possible ways to improve parking in the town centre, including the introduction of weekly and monthly tickets and making available payments by direct debit.

With luck, these could be in place by Easter. Heaven knows we cannot go through another packed tourist season with the current mess in place.

What do you think?

Write to me at mlaing@obantimes.co.uk or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.