At random with Martin Laing 18.04.19


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Spring is in the air

I’m tempting fate here but as I write this, the sun is beaming down – as it has been for several days – and there is a real feeling of spring having sprung.

Oban has been transformed as usual into the stunning place it is and it’s great to see so many people with broad smiles back on their faces.

The sense of wellbeing that a bit of sunshine restores is manifest for me in a number of ways, among them the comments from visitors to the town.

Many of those tourists have come from the cruise ships that have dropped anchor in Oban. To a man and woman, they have been full of praise for the fantastic location and warm welcome they have received.

There is also, of course, a significant spin-off benefit for the town’s businesses with visitors spending in our shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

I’ve sung the praises of the team at BID4Oban plenty of times in this space but want to do so again. Boss Andy Spence and his colleagues do a great job of promoting Oban and greeting visitors. We should all be grateful for their efforts.

Long may the feelgood factor continue.

Pavement blight

Another subject I’ve raised here before is the unsightly and possibly unhealthy discharge from the doorway of Spice World, between the New Look and Superdrug shops.

It is still there and is as bad as ever. It continues to flow right across the pavement and down the gutter in the parking bays. It is being trampled even further by people passing along the street.

I have called for someone to fix this problem on several occasions and repeat that request again.

I fear this is a public health issue and enforcement action should be taken against the building’s owner to carry out repairs.

It may be as simple as a leaking downpipe but it should be easy enough to fix it.

What do you think?

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