At random with Martin Laing 12.09.19

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Power of the press

I have mentioned in this space previously that I have Parkinson’s disease.

The condition resulted in my attendance recently at two-day residential conference entitled a Young Persons event (I know – it’s been many years since anyone called me a young person).

At the residential event, I met Annie Macleod, who lives near Lochaline on the Morvern peninsula.

Annie, who was previously the Oban, Lorn and the Isles locality manager for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, is now the director of Parkinson’s UK in Scotland, which ran the annual conference.

It must have taken some amount organisation, accommodating, as it did, more than 100 Parkinson’s patients, the vast majority of whom (including me) were there for the first time.

Sitting down beside the ever affable Annie, we fell into conversation about being from the same neck of the woods and, inevitably, The Oban Times, of which she is a regular reader.

Annie certainly made me smile when she recalled us publishing a story back in January 2018 announcing her appointment as director of Parkinson’s Scotland.

‘I knew I had made it when The Oban Times called me an Argyll mum!’ she said.

Power of the local press?

Town centre eyesore

A building in Stevenson Street in Oban was demolished about a couple of years ago, I think.

The resultant gap site has been left abandoned since, though it is fenced off.

The site I’m talking about is between the Salvation Army premises and Oban Hospice’s Dove Centre.

For the life of me, I cannot remember what was in the space but does anyone know what plans may be in place to develop the site?

This is a prime town centre location and is a real eyesore. If there are plans approved to erect something new there, I do wish they would hurry up.

What do you think?

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