Letters to the editor – Thursday August 12

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Problems go beyond what was reported last week

Further to your report on Fort William community council meeting in your issue of August 6, I would also like to highlight the area adjacent to the monument in Fassifern Road.

It has been neglected by the council for years – the grass at the front gets cut but the trees and shrubs along side are ignored. It is overgrowing into gardens of adjacent properties and in danger of damage to the dividing fence.

The monument is visited by hundreds of people every year, who now have to fight their way through the overhanging greenery. Also, because of the cover it gives, it is used by people who let dogs foul there and then they don’t pick up and bag the mess. Worse still, people have used it as a toilet.

With B&B properties across the road this is not what visitors to our town want to observe.

It’s good to see the high street, Parade and the Belford Gardens looking nice, but the tourists staying at the adjacent streets such as Fassifern Road may be taking away a completely different image.

The council were sent an email regarding this problem a few months ago, so far they haven’t had the decency to reply.
Victor King, Fassifern Road,Fort William.

Triple bonus for youngsters thanks to monthly givers

I’d like to make your readers aware of a unique opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of hungry children in the world’s poorest countries this summer.

For anyone who becomes a monthly giver to global school feeding charity Mary’s Meals before the end of August, their first three donations will be tripled, meaning the impact of their regular gifts will go even further.

This is thanks to a group of generous supporters who are making funds available up to £100,000 for tripling donations from new regular givers for a limited period.
You can help Mary’s Meals to access all the available funds by setting up a monthly direct debit by August 31 at marysmeals.org.uk/tripled

This funding boost will bring fresh hope to families struggling amidst the continuing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit the world’s poorest countries especially hard, and will also help Mary’s Meals in its goal to reach two million children with a nutritious meal every school day.

I am proud to support Mary’s Meals and hope that this summer your readers can take advantage of this incredible opportunity to see their kindness go three times as far.
Mark Beaumont, long-distance cyclist, broadcaster and author.

Nominate your ‘local hero’

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has issued a call for local residents to nominate a local hero to secure a place at the ceremonial opening of the Scottish Parliament in October.

The call comes as MSPs are being asked to nominate one of their constituents who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people living in Scotland locally or nationally during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Cameron will review all the nominations and select his ‘local hero’ to attend the official opening of the new session of the Scottish Parliament, which was delayed due to Covid.

He said: ‘While the pandemic has been an extraordinarily difficult time for many people, we have also witnessed some incredible acts of generosity and kindness. I am looking for your help to find the person who has put others first over the last 15 months.’

Residents can nominate a local hero by filling out the form on the MSP’s website or emailing him: donald.cameron.msp@parliament.scot