Letters to the editor – Thursday October 14

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68 HGVs are not ‘negligible’

Thank you Lochaber Times for your article highlighting community concerns regarding the recent Highland Council planning application decision and resulting numbers of HGV’s that may be travelling through Banavie and Corpach on their way to and from the port at Corpach.

I would like to correct that I am not currently a member of Kilmallie Community Council (KCC). I was a member of KCC from when they reformed in 2011 and do continue to take an interest in community issues, including being a member of the A830 Corpach Group.

Iam sure residents of every village in Scotland, and indeed the UK, would be disappointed and angry to hear their council say that a potential increase of 68 HGV trips a day through their village, and on the route their children take to both primary and high school, was ‘negligible’. It may be a technical term and the outcome negligible to the planners and councillors who do not live in these villages or have constituents in these villages, but are the ones who take the decisions that will affect its future, but potentially 68 additional, heavily laden, HGV trips a day is certainly not negligible to this community.

The area needs jobs and income from business and tourism and the area needs housing, none of this is in question. What we also need is a relevant and well-maintained transport infrastructure with deterrents to speeding, to support the residents, business and tourism we have now and well in to the future, and that we absolutely do not have.

Links to the A830 through Corpach report, Objection, South Planning Applications Committee webcast etc, can be found at the A830 Corpach Facebook page www.facebook.com/A830Corpach The A830 Corpach Group can be contacted at A830Corpach@gmail.com.
Maggie Mackenzie, A830 Corpach Group.

The obscured view from McCaig Tower in Oban. Photograph: David Thompson
Come on Guys cut them back

I spent my childhood growing up in Oban and return at least once a year to superb accommodation either guest house or self catering.
Like others, I make a beeline to McCaig’s Tower to a truly iconic view.

Unfortunately, like in other places around Scotland the view is being swallowed up by young trees blocking the view. Come on guys at least prune them or cut them down.
David Thompson, Midlothian.

Shrubs are spoiling the view

My partner and I have been visiting Oban for over 30 years. We love the hustle and bustle of the town, and enjoy watching the ferries come and go. One of our rituals is to make the walk up from the town to McCaig’s Tower. However, during our most recent visit this September, we discovered that most of the view from the tower is now obscured by trees and shrubs.
It might not be straightforward of jobs to clear the foliage, but surely it would be a task worth doing to restore this iconic view of the bay and beyond. But, view or no view, we will be back.
Sue Ross, Cumbria.