Letters to the editor – 10.6.21

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Oban artwork

We visit Oban every year – twice usually. It is our next best place in the UK after Snowdonia where we live.

I am trying to find out who produced the monochrome marine paintings that hang in The Lorne bar.

I’ve tried putting up a message on Oban facebook pages but have had complete failure, no one seems to be able to help.

I am an artist and much admire these works on every visit – plus, of course, the fish and chips which are fantastic.

We were in Oban at the beginning of May and did visit The Lorne several times, but only waiting staff were there and they were very, very busy. I did email The Lorne via the website last year but got no response, which is not unusual as they were closed for lockdown and a lot of business sites were maybe not monitored.

We are due to visit again in September, so I would love to find out about these paintings before then if anyone is able to help.
My own works are quite minimalist, so I appreciate the skill in these works.
Sue Arney, Porthmadog; Tillypup@talktalk.net

Rest and be Thankful

I have been reading a lot of reports and letters in both national and local newspapers about the problems that have been experienced at the Rest and Be Thankful. I have no doubt that those charged with keeping the trunk road operational and safe for road users are doing their best in the circumstances. However, there now seems to be an acceptance in Transport Scotland that a new solution to the problems has to be found.

George Allan, in his excellent letter to the Dunoon Observer points out that the 20 miles route from Strathlachlan to Colintraive and the eight miles between Ormidale and Tighnabruaich were designed and constructed in 12 or 13 years.

I was a member of the survey and design team on these routes. I was also heavily involved in the construction of 100 miles of the A9 between Perth and Inverness in 10 years. These civil engineering schemes demonstrate what can be achieved when there is real political will and commitment to give priority to projects.

I realise that Transport Scotland have their own procedures for appointing consultants for the design processes and there are detailed environmental impact assessments to be done. However it does seem to me that their programming of the Rest and Be Thankful improvement is completely lacking in ambition.

As a former director of Roads and Transport in Highland, perhaps I may be permitted to comment on the long term solution.

I would say that if there are no geological features found on the other side of the glen which will cause a repeat of current problems then the construction of a new road in diversion would cause less disruption to traffic than trying to form landslip shelters or tunnels adjacent to the existing carriageway.

The main thing though is for Transport Scotland and their political masters to just get on with it.
Philip Shimmin, Inverness.

Bowmore litter problem

I have been contacted by many of my constituents about the ongoing littering problem at Donald Caskie Square in Bowmore, Islay.

Unfortunately this matter has been dragging on for months now and I have discussed it at length with the Islay Community Council, my council colleagues, local businesses and the headmaster of Islay High School.

It goes without saying that this is a small minority of people who are not bothering to use the nearby bins but sadly it affects everyone. A litter-strewn location looks dirty and unsightly, making it a less pleasant environment for those that live in or use it. This irresponsible behaviour should not be tolerated.
Councillor Alastair Redman.