Letters to the editor – 14.5.20

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What’s gone wrong at Tesco?

Like a previous correspondent, we are also in the group where Click and Collect is advisable.

We came into the pandemic on C & C and once you knew the secret (go on at midnight) all worked quite well. We were usually allocated a C & C slot some eight to 10 days hence.

However on April 29 we received (like thousands of others) an update from Dave Lewis the CEO, advising all they are achieving with their C & C service. Oh dear, all has gone wrong since then and we cannot get a slot now, which incidentally has gone out to three weeks hence.

We have tried for the last five nights to get a slot without success. We have tried every variation on time around midnight without luck. Last night we went onto the site at 23.52, no queue. We came out and went back on at 23.53 a queue was there, so we joined.

The “lorry” moved forward gradually until 12.03 when the screen changed, and we hoped…Alas no slots available. How can a queue have formed in only one minute for us to be so far down the queue that all slots were taken? A mystery.
David and Hilary Currie, Taynuilt

Corran crossing debate continues

I see that the Corran Crossing debate has resurfaced with the publication of the latest feasibility study, not that feasibility was ever in doubt – if engineers can build the Channel Tunnel and the Queensferry Crossing, feasibility to span 500 metres is child’s play.

While the report makes great play of the benefits to local residents in terms of shorter journey times they also said this in 2012 when they spent about £1 million on improving a mile of road at Drynie Hill, destroying a beautiful drive up a scenic glen and also knocking a whole five minutes off journey times.

The real cost benefit analysis here is the £1million could have been better spent – a first rate sports and leisure centre, complete with swimming pool, could have been constructed for a similar price and this really would have had a beneficial effect on locals, both adults and children, yet here we are again with councillors contemplating the expenditure of huge sums of money with no real understanding of the effects, not least on the local infrastructure, and no mention of the updating of roads on the peninsular to meet the projected demand. It is estimated that just to improve the existing 64 miles of single track A861 and A884 to double track would cost a minimum of £50 million.

With the current pandemic threatening to change holiday and travel patterns, not least a huge increase in the use of camper vans, the ferry remains a very good “tool” in managing visitor traffic and ensuring that Ardnamurchan is not over-run as has happened on Skye.

This crazy proposal should be consigned to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
Andrew Green, Ardtoe.

Why we must ignore the Prime Minister’s advice

On Sunday May 10, Boris Johnson said we should go back to work if social distancing in our workplace is possible but do not use public transport to get there. How are we supposed to do that?

I don’t often agree with Nicola Sturgeon but I do on this one. Travel by buses and taxis should be discouraged. Schools must not reopen until it is safe for children to go to school by bus.

There must be no discrimination against children whose parents do not drive.
David Gallant,
Oban

Nature has a way of being heard over climate change

On December 5 last year you published my letter on Climate Change which you headed ‘booming world population is cause of climate change’. Nature has a way of dealing with population problems when we do nothing ourselves – famine, war and disease.

This time nature has chosen disease. Will we never learn?

Prof. Colin Davidson,
Ardfern