Quar­ry­ing would be dis­as­trous for Ap­pin

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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

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