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I wrote last week of the sense of optimism I had detected while meandering around Oban and bumping into friends from the licensed trade and hospitality sector.
That feeling of brighter times ahead was reinforced this week as I perused The Oban Times and was struck by the wonderful level of community positivity. There were numerous stories chronicling a fantastic degree of selfless effort by countless folk in enterprises designed purely to benefit our local society.
Prominent among these tales was the account of the latest Oban Spring Clean, which saw more than 80 sacks filled with rubbish. The volunteers who gave up their time to tidy up the town stand in stark contrast to those ignorant individuals who so casually discard their waste, often to the endangerment of wildlife.
I am at a loss to understand what goes through the tiny minds of litter bugs. Surely in this day and age even they realise that what they are doing is damaging to the environment, never mind being illegal and unsightly. And there are bins all over the place so there is no excuse for littering.
In the grand scheme of things, this is a bugbear of mine but no doubt does not blip so brightly on the police radar. I realise that obviously the police have many higher priorities than littering – and quite rightly, too – so I am realistic enough to recognise that prosecuting litter bugs probably won’t happen.
However, I would like to appeal to local commanders to consider a short campaign to catch and charge a few as a deterrent going forward, and I would like to commend the splendid folk of Keep Oban Beautiful, the people behind the spring clean, for their efforts on behalf of us all.
Oban sporting hero
Wasn’t it just magnificent to see Oban’s own sporting hero Bob MacIntyre competing in the hallowed arena of the US Masters at Augusta National?
Arguably the world’s most coveted tournament in which to compete, young Bob has done the town and its Glencruitten club so proud again.
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