At random with Martin Laing 07.03.19

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Action is needed

I have written in this column on many occasions praising the work concluded a couple of years ago to improve the appearance of Oban town centre.

The widened and cosmetically improved pavements, complete with benches and hanging baskets, have made a significant difference for the better.

Sadly, however, George Street around the bay and the roads around Argyll Square are a mess again. The surfaces are cracked, broken, uneven and potholed.

It is such a shame because the state of these roads detracts hugely from the town’s smartened up appearance.

With the tourist season hurrying near, it would be good if these arterial routes could be resurfaced.

Oh, and while I’m on my high horse, still nothing has been done about the unpleasant discharge emanating from the doorway of Spice World, between the New Look and Superdrug shops.

Again, I’ve written about this a couple of times previously. The blight is still flowing 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.

Can no one take action to enforce a repair?

Awesome contribution

Confession time: I sit on no committees and volunteer for no activities away from the office.

My laissez-faire attitude is nothing to trumpet about, of course, but I only mention it because I am a huge admirer of people who go beyond to help others.

One such person, as we reported last week, is David Isaac, a member of Oban RNLI crew.

David was in the paper for reaching the milestone of his 500th call-out aboard the lifeboat.

David joined t he crew some  20 years ago and, being a fisherman by trade, has even been picked up from his own boat when emergencies arise.

Along with the other RNLI volunteers, who put themselves in harm’s way every time they respond to a shout, David is a hero to many people. Including me.

What do you think?

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