At random with Martin Laing 14.03.19

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Litter problem

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago the problem of litter in Oban town centre.

Sadly, it doesn’t seem like anything much has been done about it.

I walk around the town every day and it appears there are hot-spots for where people blithely cast their rubbish.

One of the worst areas is Gibraltar Street, outside Bossards and Cafe Harris. Now, I use these names only as locators in case anyone is unfamiliar with Gibraltar Street and in no way infer that they or their customers are responsible.

There are a couple of well-used benches there but no bin, although there is one just a few yards away at the pedestrian entrance to Tesco car park. There used to be a bind beside the benches but it has been removed some time ago. Why?

Why do the culprits think it is acceptable to so casually discard their unwanted material? Is it mere laziness resulting in an unwillingness to take even a few steps to dispose of rubbish?

I urge anyone witnessing littering to report it to the police. It is a scourge we could do without.

Good news for Oban

Isn’t is gratifying to see the number of new businesses about to open in Oban?

There have been a number of abandoned premises over the past couple of years so I think it is excellent news to see some of them being brought back into commercial use.

One of the most welcome is to see workers busy in the Rockport Hotel, known better locally as The Woody, which has become quite an eyesore. It is important that this town centre location is improved.

It is also good to see the former Kitchen Garden and fish and chip shop just along the road coming close to reopening as a restaurant and two new retail units respectively.

We just need someone to take over the former Nancy Black’s to have the town looking more like the thriving place it is.

What do you think?

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