Letters to the editor – 25.11.21

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Thank you

A big thank you to ACHA and all the staff at Dunmar Court, Oban, for the kindness and hospitality they showed me last Wednesday, which I will not forget.
I was one of the residents who were evacuated from the houses near Millpark because of the fire incident at the council yard.
Stephen Jones, Oban.

Argyll earthquake

I write about the Achnamara earth tremor of November 16.
The British Geological Survey maintain a series of earthquake monitoring stations around Britain, the only one in Argyll being in Lochavich. Seismograph readings are transmitted by satellite to Edinburgh for analysis and real time seismograms can be viewed at www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/helicorder/heli.html

The seismogram for the Achnamara tremor on Tuesday November 16 can be viewed by following the link, selecting LAWE under Station, then Short Period, and the date. It occurred at a depth of 12 kilometres, and was of 3.3 magnitude on the Richter scale.
For comparison, the 7.9 Richter earthquake in Haiti on August 14 this year can be found under LAWE, Very long period, and the date.
Tony Dalton, Lochavich, By Taynuilt.

False premise

I see that the second homes controversy is raising its head yet again, but those who advocate restrictions on selling to people for second homes are basing their argument on the false premise that we should be encouraging young people to stay in the area – we should not.

Instead we should be encouraging them to take full advantage of a Scottish education, once the best in the world but now sadly declining under SNP “management”, to get universally recognised qualifications and take that expertise out into the wide world and use it for the benefit of all.

When they have made their mark, or their fortunes, or both, then is the time to return to their birthplace and apply their new found wealth for the benefit of those less fortunate, and one of the best ways to do this is by building houses and second homes – remember that a second home in only a camper van without wheels but it does contribute much larger sums in terms of taxation and needs constant attention by way of upkeep, repair and garden maintenance, all of which provide good local employment.

No home is affordable without a job and rather than vilify second home owners we should be thankful that they chose Scotland rather than somewhere else in the world.
Andrew Green, Ardtoe.

Achnacloich Bridge

Following Mr Ross’s statement and Mr Wheeler’s letter to the Oban Times regarding the road markings at Achnacloich Bridge, I too have looked up the relevant section of the Traffic Signs Manual and it is absolutely clear to me that these new road markings do not comply.

I attach the relevant drawing from the manual together with a rather revealing photograph of the road markings from Bear’s own website. The difference is very obvious.

Ironically, the position of the car in Bear’s own photograph shows perfectly why these road markings can be so very dangerous.
Only last Saturday, I needed to make an emergency stop at the bridge because a car heading towards me suddenly put on its indicator and swerved into the marked centre lane.

Although the incedible number of signs, flashing lights, road markings, etc at the bridge is already very distracting, perhaps there should also be further signage advising non-HGVs to keep left. Or better still, revert to the pre-stupidity markings and signage which generally worked pretty well for some 140 years.
G G MacDonald, by Dalmally.

Argyll earthquake

The spin doctors say that a new global deal has been achieved at COP26 in Glasgow.
The truth is different. Coal will only be ‘phased down’ not ‘phased out’.

However Nicola Sturgeon managed to grab the headlines and squander another £12 million of taxpayers’ money on top of the £24 million already squandered on developing nations.

The UK’s share of the $100 billion a year promised to developing nations includes Scotland but Ms Sturgeon has to grandstand and add £36 million. Meanwhile in Scotland deprived areas, the NHS, local authorities and those in fuel poverty suffer.
Clark Cross, Linlithgow.

Freezing trains

Ach well, here we go again with a winter of freezing trains on the West Highland line!
Is it so difficult to have these trains heated? What’s the problem?
If the heaters are knackered, fix them. Fare paying passengers, old and very young, have had to put up with this problem every winter for years is not on.
The onboard staff must be sick of telling passengers to go into the next coach as its a bit warmer.
I would like to see a senior member of ScotRail come on to the Lochaber Times and tell the suffering passengers why their trains are like ice boxes. Or is the day coming when boarding passengers will be issued with hot water bottles.
Joe Wilson, Spean Bridge.