At random with Martin Laing 28.11.19

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Left in the dark

The winter is well and truly upon us with chilly days and gusting winds dropping the temperature even further.

That’s fine but what concerns me is the early nightfall and dark mornings, especially given the poor state of some of the street lighting in parts of Oban.

Among those areas in which I walk regularly and where the lighting is extremely bad is Lochside Street, just outside Kwik Fit and next to The Original Factory Shop.

There are at least two street lamps not working, plunging this stretch into almost Stygian darkness. What makes it worse is that the footpath is uneven with broken surfaces and puddles.

This is a fairly busy part of the town centre which many pedestrians use and it has, I believe, become dangerous for those of us on foot.

It is, as the old saw has it, only a matter of times until some poor soul (maybe even me) trips and hurts themselves navigating this pavement in the dark.

Come on, Argyll and Bute Council: please fix the lights.

What a difference

There was a fair amount of grumbling across the town in recent times over the traffic disruption caused by the resurfacing work in George Street.

Thankfully, the roadworks have now been completed and have made a significant improvement to the main road through Oban.

And, as an aside, the ‘cannon fire’ loose manhole cover – located just outside Cuan Mor – which I flagged up a few weeks ago in this space has also been fixed. The extremely loud blasts that went off thousands of times day have at last stopped.

The guys who did the work toiled hard and in sometimes unpleasant conditions but they have done an excellent job and made a major difference.

It was short-term pain for long-term gain. I offer my thanks to those who did the work.

What do you think?

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