Letters to the Editor – 4.7.19

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Thank you

Through your columns I would like to thank Argyll  and Bute’s cemetery maintenance employees for the excellent work they have done in tidying up the cemetery in Kilchrenan.

Marilyn Henderson,
Elder, Church of Scotland, Kilchrenan.

Losing the litter problem

Late afternoon last Sunday I decided it was time to pick up the roadside litter on the A82 between Spean Bridge and the High Bridge/Leanachan Crossroads.

Next morning I walked down the same road to Spean Bridge and noticed that two empty Costa coffee cups, two drinks cans and a few wrappers had already been tossed out of vehicles.

In just over a seven-hour period over half a dozen items of litter were discarded. At this rate of ‘disposal’ the roadside verge will become an ugly site for all the tourists to see, not forgetting the contributions from motorists visiting fast food outlets in Fort William, where cups, plastic lids and a straws are still intact.

Councillors, MPs and MSPs may get enthusiatic over proposed deposit schemes for bottles and cans, but the sad fact is that Highland Council has not removed roadside litter beyond towns and villages for years. There are tonnes and tonnes of roadside litter scattered over Scotland, and with the current situation regarding resources and budgets there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm in resolving the matter. Perhaps it’s now the thought of having to deal with extra litter and having no central recycling facilities.

‘I have suggested on numerous occasions that litter could be collected while grass cutting, as I’m sure Bear Scotland and Highland Council can figure out ways of doing this in a safe manner. If a grass cutting machine can plod along on a trunk road with just an arrow on the back, a few flashing lights and a couple of advance warning signs then what’s wrong with the council working in tandem with a small truck signed front and back saying, Litter Picking is dangerous work and causes delays’?

And, finally, what about a large sign in shops that sell takeaway drinks and food saying, ‘We care about the environment and don’t want our cups and trays to be discarded by the roadside’.

Alan Robinson
Spean Bridge

Committee letter

It has recently been brought to our attention that a letter submitted on behalf of the Oban Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, which was signed by elected members Councillors Robertson, McCuish, Green, Devon and McGrigor was printed in the Oban Times on June 13 (Mull nursery plan under threat).

We would like to make it very clear that we in no way support or endorse the contents of this letter and as committee members we also strongly object to the submission of this letter, without our consent, under the collective auspices of the Area Committee.

For the benefit of our constituents, it would therefore be very much appreciated if you would print our response as a means of going someway to setting the record straight on this matter.

Councillor Julie McKenzie and Councillor Jim Lynch, Argyll and Bute.

Pennyfuir Cemetery

The out-in-all-weathers gardeners and keepers of respect for loved ones at Pennyfuir have been extra busy during the recent excellent good spell of good weather – Pennyfuir must be one of the best kept cemetaries in the west highlands.

However the grand Victorian metal facade that once in its time was resplendent at the entrance has become damaged, now looks weather beaten and is in dire need of repair and a good lick of paint.

This is not the good first impression we want for all and the visitors to see when entering our lovely town of Oban.

Stephen Jones

Be My Guest

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We’re looking for people who are planning to convert unused spaces on their property into a holiday rental – anything from a spare room, to a garage, outbuilding or annexe.

If you’ve got a project that you’ll be working on over summer 2019 then we want to hear from you!

Whatever your budget, a team of top interior designers will help you with your makeover, turning your redundant space into a profitable space.

If you are interested in taking part, email bemyguest@frielkeanfilms.com or visit www.beonscreen.com/uk/tv-shows/home-lifestyle/brand-new-discovery-channel-renovation-tv-series-14751 to apply.

Nina MacDonald
Casting researcher, Friel Kean Films.

Lost villages’ of Glencoe

The lost villages of Glencoe were never really lost since some of them were first recorded over 400 years ago.

Not that they were ever villages but more a small collection of thatched buildings, referred to in the text accompanying the first detailed and reliable map of the area as ‘towns’.

This first map is that made by Timothy Pont about 1600, a century and a half before General Roy’s map and over three-quarters of a century before the massacre.

Pont’s map shows several of the places associated with the Glencoe massacre such as Invercoe, Achnacon and Achtriachtan, as well as Laroch, Brecklet and Ballachulish. It is interesting that several other places recorded on the map at that time can no longer be identified with certainty.

The text states “Glencoen…hath one river running throch it called Coen falling out of a small Loch called Loch Trighittane.” but there is no mention here of the names of the “towns.”

The NTS states that there are at least five buildings in the area.
It is a pity that the NTS do not appear to be able to afford a drone as a survey by one would almost certainly show several other buildings in the immediate area as well as elsewhere in the glen.

Other early references to Achtriochtan can be found in the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle where mention is made of government troops being quartered there for seven years after the 1745 uprising. In July 1770 Robert Forbes, Episcopal Bishop of Caithness and Moray confirmed 20 people who lived there.
Neill Malcolm, Duror of Appin.