At Random with Martin Laing – Thursday September 2

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Rubbish behaviour

Littering: I just don’t get it.
In this day and age, we are all acutely aware of the impact of leaving rubbish behind, particularly as much of it is not biodegradable and will have lasting consequences, both on our environment and wildlife. And there are bins almost everywhere.

Yet concerns and complaints are growing about precisely this problem, with play parks and other public open spaces regularly being left looking like landfill sites after late and often noisy late-night gatherings.

As we reported last week, the police in Oban and the council are becoming much more proactive in addressing this problem, and I am very glad to hear they are doing so.
Chief Inspector Marlene Baillie says patrols are being increased, and that, too, is welcome, However, I would like to urge people to report these offenders when they see them causing nuisance and litter.

Perhaps a few arrests would give the offenders pause for thought and cause them to rethink their behaviour. After all, it is hardly worth having a criminal record because the culprits are too lazy to put their detritus in a bin.

Games on!

It was brilliant to see the 150th Argyllshire Gathering taking place last week, and graced by the presence of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.

I know that not all Oban residents are fans of the gathering but I am and I have thoroughly enjoyed attending them, though I was unable to be there this year.

The gathering is one of the high points in the calendar locally and draws excited visitors – as well as competitors – from all over the world. And to be blessed, as last week’s games were, with bright sunshine simply iced the cake.

As usual, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers because such an event takes a huge amount of work to set up. Their efforts are very much appreciated and I hope to be able to be among the crowds next year

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