Letters to the editor – 16.9.21

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If it ain’t broke…

I read your article on deer culls in Scotland last week. Oddly after having had a brief conversation with a southern student about ecology and deer management, it was of interest to me that deer populations had doubled since 1990.

How much of this is due to migration of sitka and fallow deer due to global warming?
My interest lay in that originally I also wondered do we now have cross breeds with red deer?

I was told the old way of deer management was to export to France and Germany to maintain the price and remove the avarice of the haunch and burger from modern era wild west prospectors, whether that would quell the bickering of how things should be done I don’t know. I don’t believe it was broken why was it fixed?
Danny Aitken, Fort William

Bureaucracy gone mad

Almost any bureaucratic situation is made worse by ‘collective responsibility’, which is a euphemism for no one in charge and a lot of buck-passing.

It seems obvious that that is the case around a trust port for Oban, particularly where safety is a main concern.

Who wants a harbour, particularly one as busy as Oban, to be run by people who can busily look for someone else to blame if anything goes wrong? It needs to be run by a single group where everyone knows where the buck stops. Being in charge concentrates the mind beautifully.

To look more particularly at Oban’s case, Argyll and Bute Council’s record of inefficiency, procrastination and blind eye turning is such that it is terrifying to think that it is involved in running the harbour.

And here we go again. What happened at a recent meeting? They kicked the ball down the road until December. Why?

Argyll and Bute Council shouldn’t be allowed to run a lawnmower, which is another story and a classic example of their lazy stupidity.
Anne Archer, Oban

More investment in roads

As I travel from one side of my ward to another on the islands and the mainland there is one subject that continues to be raised above all others and that is our infrastructure.

There is no doubt the council has made huge strides forward and we have invested substantially in our roads and pavements, particularly on our islands which have in the past seen much needed works seemingly put on the back burner.

 

What we need going forward is a sustained level of investment in our infrastructure. This will mean more support for our local council’s budget from central Government.
Councillor Alastair Redman

Protecting our MPAs

Greenpeace – thank God somebody cares – has highlighted commercial fishing in protected sea areas (MPAs).

This needs to stop as resources need to be conserved and managed sustainably. Species depletion and loss must be reversed and the seabed needs to remain protected from bottom trawling which, among other harms, releases carbon to the atmosphere. We are getting to a tipping point of no return on climate and environmental issues and any malpractice has to be identified and addressed immediately.

All associated commercial industries should be levied and the tax put towards future-proofing, sustainability and resilience. All enterprises exploiting natural resources should be licensed and granted under strict conditions on sustainable practices, with severe ‘on the spot’ penalties for breaches.

The time has come to act and when this occurs it is the little people who eventually, out of self preservation, stand up. Please use the platforms we have – including The Oban Times – to let everyone know we are facing a planetary emergency.
Graeme Guy, Dingwall.