Peo­ple who drop lit­ter should be fined

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, Aside from the on­go­ing is­sues around the change to three-weekly bin col­lec­tions, which has meant our re­cy­cling and refuse bins have been col­lected on time on very few oc­ca­sions, more of­ten late, there is a much more long­stand­ing is­sue with lit­ter blight­ing the area.

Trav­el­ling around or out walk­ing, lit­ter is vis­i­ble along the verges and in lay­bys, usu­ally food and drinks pack­ag­ing that ir­re­spon­si­ble peo­ple have thrown away.

Not only is this unattrac­tive but it is also a dan­ger to wildlife. Our econ­omy is heav­ily re­liant on tourism so what sort of im­pres­sion are we mak­ing on vis­i­tors who come to the West Coast for its beau­ti­ful scenery when much of it is strewn with lit­ter?

I have in the past re­ported this prob­lem to the Coun­cil but no ac­tion ap­pears to have been taken. Re­cently veg­e­ta­tion was be­ing cleared on the verges from Oban to Con­nel us­ing traf­fic con­trol when needed, an ideal op­por­tu­nity to also pick up the lit­ter, but no, it’s now even more ex­posed.

Lit­ter bins in lay­bys might help, but then again likely to be emp­tied ev­ery three weeks only, if the pub­lic bin near us is any­thing to go by. In­evitably, it is full to over­flow­ing af­ter three weeks.

The lit­ter in Oban it­self is of­ten un­sightly. Some peo­ple seem to think the re­cy­cling point at Tesco’s is also a dump­ing ground for items that should be taken di­rectly to Moleigh.

The coun­cil should use its pow­ers to fine peo­ple who lit­ter, which would not only pro­vide in­come but should act as a de­ter­rent to oth­ers. It is no good say­ing peo­ple ‘can be fined’ for lit­ter­ing, fly-tip­ping or not picking up af­ter their dogs if the coun­cil does not act.

Shirley Scott, Saligo, North Con­nel.

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