Quarrying would be disastrous for Appin
Sir, I have been reading the latest issue of
Holiday West Highland and have much appreciated this excellent publication and the thoughtfulness with which the attractions of the district are presented to our visitors.
Appin is described as a scenic and friendly village, welcoming tourists for short or long stays and grateful for the economic benefits accruing to the community … ‘surrounded by lochs and mountain peaks. The blend of seascapes and mountains is out of a fairytale’. The article goes on to say that Appin is part of the Lynn of Lorn National Scenic Area, and one of only 40 such areas in Scotland.
I consider the proposal to extract sand and gravel in Glen Creran to be tantamount to environmental vandalism, taking account of the inevitable pollution from quarry dust, the impact of vehicles on a narrow road and the detrimental effect of noise on wildlife and residents. Not a problem if you live in another country for most of the year. The impact of such a development is unacceptable to residents and visitors.
Can we rely on our councillors, the planning authority and public opinion to support the widely held objections of the community, and protect this precious asset for future generations? Rhona Dunn, Kilbrannan, Port Appin. Ailean Caimbeul