Civic-minded community clean up after mindless minority

Local residents, business representatives and Keep Oban Beautiful joined in to pick up the cans, bottles, debris left behind after the recent firework display.

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Thanks to the power of social media, a group of Oban-loving individuals got together last week to clear up the mess left by a thoughtless minority at McCaig’s Tower.

Following a plea on Facebook, local residents joined business representatives and Keep Oban Beautiful to pick up the cans, bottles, debris and other miscellaneous rubbish, including a backpack, left behind after the recent fireworks display.

The picture shows many smiling faces but Keep Oban Beautiful’s Maurice Wilkins is not amused at ‘having to clean up someone else’s garbage again and again and again’, while nearby residents told of noisy drinking parties up at the tower and of bottles being thrown down into the gardens below.

‘If it’s not possible to educate those responsible, then the authorities ought to take action to stop this brainless behaviour,’ added Mr Wilkins.

The tower is not alone as a choice of venue for drinking parties, as Jacob’s Ladder, the Hydro and other locations suffer the same way.

Mr Wilkins continued: ‘The town ought to be aware that should the numerous civic-minded people who give up their time decide to call a halt to their cleaning of streets, tourist spots and beaches, then Oban would be in a very sorry state.’