Letters to the editor 21.02.19

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Councillor is well placed to deliver for communities

I noted with interest Councillor Alastair Redman’s comments regarding gritting on Islay in The Oban Times (February 7).

In his letter, he quite rightly states: ‘Our council must do all that it can to see that the more rural and isolated parts of Argyll are not provided with substandard service.’

I would suggest that as a serving member of the current administration Councillor Redman is best placed to use his influencing skills to ensure this happens.

And I hope that by now he has met his colleagues in the administration to discuss the situation and gain support for his proposal.

I fully support the view that all our communities across Argyll and Bute deserve the same level of service and, although I am a member of the opposition, in the spirit of working together, I am more than happy to meet Councillor Redman to discuss any progress he has made.

Councillor Jim Lynch,

Oban South and The Isles.

Uneconomic attempt to fill the many potholes in our roads

I realise that you are probably inundated with similar mails, but I think what I saw on the A82 at the tourist car park at Glencoe takes the biscuit, and certainly to me at least illustrates a complete waste of public money ‘box ticking’ on the appalling state of our roads.

I travel Glasgow/ Appin via the A82 on most weeks of the year. Driving south last week, I pointed out a very deep and dangerous pothole on the north-bound carriageway just before a bridge on the hill down from the Glencoe tourist car park opposite the lost valley.

It was filled about three weeks ago and is now, of course, empty and once again hazardous.

Almost on cue a few hundred yards further up the road opposite the tourist car park we saw a BEAR Scotland employee pouring a small bag of cold asphalt into another water-filled pothole.

What a waste of public money, especially in these times of cutbacks. I can only presume that the price of a bag of DIY asphalt is a fair exchange for yet another box ticked in the contractor’s contract.

I appreciate the articles The Oban Times has historically run highlighting the state of our roads, but surely it makes little or no economic sense to use Elastoplast when all that is required is proper stitching?

Steve Jeffrey,

Belhaven Terrace, Glasgow.

SNP seems forget that Brexit was a democratic vote

I write with reference to MP Ian Blackford’s comments on Brexit.  He appears yet again to have forgotten the fact that Brexit is the result of a UK-wide democratic vote.

As far as I am aware, since the independence movement lost its referendum in 2014, Scotland is still within the UK, of which the Conservative government was likewise the result of a democratic vote, Theresa May being elected to take us out of the EU.

Mrs May did issue an invitation to all parties to discuss Brexit and its progression, but Nicola Sturgeon did not attend and Jeremy Corbyn refused to attend unless he could be assured that there would be no ‘hard’ Brexit.

Brexit concerning European relationships and trade is, in fact, outwith the remit of the Scottish Parliament, as are matters concerning foreign policy, a fact Mr Blackford’s party appears to have forgotten.

If Mr Blackford and his colleagues are so deeply concerned about the wellbeing of Scotland, why are they not focusing their attentions on such internal Scottish matters as education, transport, police, NHS and health care? Instead, we see education standards drop ever lower, trains fail to run on time, roads are full of potholes and new ‘flagship’ hospitals are found to be disseminating infections caused by pigeon waste. Their election manifesto promised a freeze on council tax, but not only did this rise last year, we are facing another increase this year.

All these matters are within the remit of the Scottish Parliament, yet all are being studiously ignored to make way for endless grievance manufacturing.

Joanna Godfrey,

Spean Bridge.

Rejecting the deal means voting for no-deal Brexit

I find it hard to understand the SNP thinking on Brexit.

All SNP MPs voted to reject the United Kingdome government’s Brexit deal with the EU that many businesses in Scotland and businesses in the rest of the UK, including automobile manufactures, supported so businesses could plan and move forward rather than face the uncertainty of a no-deal Brexit the SNP says it does not want.

If Scotland votes for independence, that automatically puts Scotland out of the EU.

I attend auto industry events so I know a Brexit deal for the auto industry would be lot better than no deal.

All MPs of all parties need to understand voting against a Brexit deal automatically means they are voting for a no-deal Brexit.

Auto manufactures are choosing to invest in countries that support diesel as diesel engine manufacturing equipment is too expensive to scrap and replace with electric motors.

The auto industry in Europe and across the world is going through changes to electric vehicles but it is a very expensive process.

The UK is not the only country suffering the biggest downturn in sales of vehicles with petrol and diesel engines as the auto industry struggles to make electric cars at an affordable price.

What the UK needs to fully focus on is supporting new and existing auto manufactures and UK supply chains who choose the UK as the place to build, supply electric autos (e-cars and light vans).

Robert McClymont,

Foyers Road, Kinlochleven.