Call to partygoers who use Hydro as dumping ground

Last September Keep Oban Beautiful volunteers did a great job of clearing up at the Hydro.

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Oban’s old hydro is being used as a dumping ground for partying litter louts.

The lofty spot on a hillside looking down onto the town and the harbour is being blighted by takeaway rubbish and other party waste.

Community litter-pickers had managed to keep the hydro clean for a few weeks until there was a big party, said Laura Corbe, who was one of the helpers.

‘Though the kids left their rubbish in bags we didn’t clean it up fast enough and either someone came along and spread some of the junk all over the place or another kind soul tidied the bags up and there was another party that left a mess,’ she added.

Councillor Julie Mackenzie says people living close by and those who use the route for walks are fed-up with it being used as a dumping ground.

Reports of rubbish left to rot have prompted the councillor to put out another appeal for people to take ownership of the problem – either by clearing up their own waste by taking  it back down the hill and home with them or by reporting any anti-social behaviour while it is happening – not leaving the phone call until the next day when it is too late.

‘A call to councillors 24 hours after the event is not going to teach the culprits a lesson. Anti-social behaviour need to be reported while it’s still happening,’ Councillor Mackenzie said.

The litter problem promoted a united call from members of Oban and Lorn Area Committee earlier this month urging residents and visitors alike ‘in the strongest terms’ to clean up their act by showing consideration and respect.

A statement from the area committee chairperson Councillor Elaine Robertson read: ‘Please do not leave litter and refuse behind. Pick up, bin it or take it home. Our hard pressed amenities staff try to keep the area clear but we need everyone to assist, particularly in the present difficult circumstances, and would greatly appreciate your help.’

Other sites around the town being plagued by litter are Jacob’s Ladder, McCaig’s Tower, Ganavan, Gallanach Road, and Dunollie Woods, where volunteers have now removed all but the biggest junk items from the burn – from beds to broken bicycles and dumped paint cans to dog poo, all the way from above Park Primary down to the ocean.

Laura said keep-it tidy volunteers are the latest in a line-up of townspeople who have taken it upon themselves to clean up the results of ‘other people’s selfish behaviour.’

‘I’ve also been asked for help with a clean up of the wooded area by Soroba which I’ve never been through. I feel it would be really nice to try make that a nicer place for the Soroba residents who do care, And, of course, the Linn is still waiting for a clean up, so lots to do.

‘Keeping Oban clean from here on in is not about calling people out but calling folk into the conversation. We live in a beautiful town, please don’t litter or dump rubbish in our shared spaces. If you need to, speak to your family and friends about it too – it’s our home and worth protecting,’ she said.