Letters – week 25

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Taking advantage of tourists

As a tourist who visited Oban last week, we were disgusted at the price of fish and chips at one of your shops – £17.50.

Every one I spoke to in and around the shop were very disappointed in the prices and as we did not buy neither did they.

I think this is really letting the town down and is taking advantage of tourists.

We finally ate in Wetherspoons at a more reasonable expected cost.

We are not going to visit Oban again, which is sad. The owners need to cater for the tourist in a more reasonably priced way instead of being greedy.

We are from the Midlands, where fish and chips cost £7.50.

I hope you can get our point across to the chippy owners in town.

Tony and Pauline Little, via email.

Act of kindness made a difference

On Tuesday an elderly friend driving from Blairgowrie to Mull stopped at the Ardgour Inn to pick up a can of pop only to discover he had lost his wallet somewhere on the journey.

Extremely distressed, he spoke to Luke Alexander the barman who, despite being extremely busy with lunchtime trade, took time to listen and to ask how he could help my friend.

Listening as he recounted his journey, my friend remembered he had stopped for breakfast at the Real Food Cafe at Crianlarich.

Luke Alexander, who is actually the owner of the Ardgour Inn, rang the cafe and was delighted to report to my friend that staff had found his wallet and would post it on to him.

Luke then gave my friend money to cover his ferry fare from Lochaline.

At this point my friend rang me to tell me what had happened to try and alleviate some of the stress before continuing his journey home.

After the call, I remembered CalMac were still not taking cash payments on that run so rang the office at Craignure to see what we could do. Kirsty took the call and offered to contact the office at Lochaline if I paid the fare over the phone. This I did.

When he arrived at the ferry he was warmly welcomed by the CalMac team who told him they had been expecting him. Reassured and now stress free, he finally arrived home.

Thank you to the staff from three different companies who went out of their way to be so helpful at busy times of their day. What a difference your kindness made.

Pam Wisher, by email.

World population is a problem

In the heated debate over climate change, no-one dares mention the elephant in the room.

Today the world population is eight billion. A hundred years ago it was 1.9 billion; three billion in 1960 and 6.1 billion in 2000. By 2050 it could be 9.8 billion and 11.2 billion by 2100. Politicians spending £trillions trying to cut greenhouse gas emissions whilst the population escalates is akin to trying to empty a bath with a tea spoon while the tap is still running.

Clark Cross, Linlithgow.

Join Lymphoma Action on a Hebridean Way charity trek

Calling all explorers to Lymphoma Action’s nine-day trek across the beautiful islands of the Outer Hebrides off the West Coast of Scotland this September.

Take on this sponsored walk and cross the chain of ten islands from Vatersay on Barra to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Discover the Hebridean Way with us and enjoy amazing scenery whilst raising funds to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by lymphoma, the UK’s fifth most common cancer.

Lymphoma Action is the only charity in the UK dedicated to lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, and we are inviting you to take part to raise funds to support our work. Registering is simple – sign up with a registration fee of £250 which goes towards your fundraising total. Then get to work on your sponsorship target of £2,500. We will help you with your fundraising.

You will be part of an exclusive team for this once in a lifetime experience that’s a feast for the eyes. You will hike along the flowering Machair Coast, before crossing wild moors and empty peatlands as you venture north. Watch out for eagles, seals and dolphins along the way, as well as archaeological remains throughout the trail. The standing stones, chambered cairns and the iconic blackhouses are aplenty and keep this unique island’s history alive.

‘This trek will be an incredible experience and is open to everyone to enjoy, it’s a great opportunity to see some amazing sights and meet new people, or bring along some family and friends,’ said Sarah Thorn, community and partnerships manager at Lymphoma Action. ‘In the UK someone receives a diagnosis of lymphoma every 27 minutes. Please join us to take on The Hebridean Way and make a real difference.’

For further details on how to get involved, visit https://lymphoma-action.org.uk/hebridean-way-trek-2022

Claire McInerney, Lymphoma Action.

Plastics consultation

Material consumption and waste are the primary drivers of nearly every environmental problem we currently face, from water scarcity to habitat and species loss.

Around 75 per cent of Scotland’s carbon footprint is caused by the production, consumption and, all too often, waste of goods and services.

In Scotland we use on average 18.4 tonnes of resources per person, well above the 6-8 tonnes per person considered to be sustainable.

Cutting our material consumption is therefore one of the most important ways we can all limit our impact on the environment.

Plastic waste, much of it single-use, is not only wasteful but generates litter that is hugely damaging for our oceans, rivers and ecosystems.

Every year, hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic are wasted in this country. They litter our coasts, pollute our oceans and contribute to the climate emergency.

That is why, as part of our target to reach net-zero by 2045 and tackle the nature crisis, the Scottish Government is taking action to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastic products and move to a more circular economy.

This call for evidence will help the move to a more circular economy by providing an evidence base which will inform policy development on how to reduce consumption of single-use food containers.

It will also be used to gather evidence on other single-use items used in Scotland to aid future decision making on actions that could be taken to reduce the impact they have on the Scottish environment.

This is the first step in a comprehensive process to determine future policy decisions that will include further stakeholder engagement and public consultation.

To respond to this call for evidence use the link https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/single-use-items/

This consultation will close on Thursday June 30.

Scottish Government spokesperson, by email.