At random with Martin Laing 09.05.19

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Positive focus on Argyll

I don’t as a rule watch much television but I found myself enthralled in the past couple of weeks by a documentary series called Scotland From The Sky.

Last week presenter James Crawford criss-crossed the country but spent a fair amount of time in and above Argyll.

In particular, he focused on the isle of Belnahua, not far from Oban, and a place about which I must confess I knew very little.

For those in the dark like me, Belnahua is now uninhabited but was once part of the thriving slate industry. Located in the Firth of Lorn, north-west of Luing, its heyday as one of the Slate Islands has long gone, its quarries now flooded by the sea.

There is no ferry service to Belnahua any more, for rather obvious reasons, so it was very interesting to be given a bird’s eye view of this once industrious island.

Indeed, as the series’ title suggests, stunning Argyll was given a whole new perspective from on high. We are lucky indeed to live in such a glorious part of the world.

Police deserve better

There has been considerable interest in the story we published recently about the state of Oban police station.

Frankly, it is a crumbling mess.

It was hardly as if the senior ranks did not know. There had been, apparently, numerous complaints from officers which seem to have been ignored.

It was only when the Scottish Police Federation, which represents officers, issued a damning report which called for the station to be closed immediately that commanders in the central belt saw fit to get their fingers out and act.

Why was nothing done before the report was published? Our police officers do a vital job protecting our communities and they deserve much better from their bosses.

Police Scotland’s senior officers and managers should be ashamed of themselves for letting the building fall into such a dreadful condition.

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.