Letters to the editor – Thursday August 19

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A proactive approach is needed to housing problem

Short-term lets, second homes etc are a healthy part of any economy. I have no experience of either. However good positive control would keep a healthy, successful balance.

Slackness in approaching the problem can lead to many problems in the future, some serious.

An examination of the problems created in Wales in the 1960s and 70s would prove interesting. The influence of the Midlands on property sales in Wales caused many problems. It gave rise to many acts of violence by a small group of Welsh activists. This included using explosives to damage the water pipeline and pump stations into Birmingham.

I have experience of that having walked the pipeline many a night looking for explosives. I am not suggesting anything like that could happen in Scotland in this day and age but nobody should be sitting on their hands when looking at the problem now.

Those who have the skill and expertise in these matters should be putting them to vigorous use now.
Tom Cullen, Ardfern

Speeding at Soroba

Vehicles of different sizes have been clocked at speeds between 44mph and 47mph in the 30mph hazardous narrow area where HGVs and buses have to sometimes stop to pass each other as they come down the main road from upper soroba hill, between the turn off at lower soroba on to the Soroba House area and then to the fire station in Oban.

Please slow down, particularly at the blind bend, as this is the area at the turning into Soroba where people and children cross the road.
Stephen Jones, Oban