Scot­tish Canals is a fail­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion

The Oban Times - - LET­TERS -

Sir, Scot­tish Canals must be con­grat­u­lated on join­ing the ranks of petty gov­ern­ment-funded agen­cies whose prac­tices are in­im­i­cal to what they pur­port to de­fend and en­hance.

The flail­ing frenzy that has dev­as­tated parts of the bank on the Cri­nan Canal has done noth­ing to en­hance the canal or Scot­tish Canals’ rep­u­ta­tion.

Of course it will even­tu­ally re­cover, but a more con­trolled work sched­ule over time would be more ben­e­fi­cial. It is also very likely the new tar­mac sur­face on the tow­path may have de­stroyed the par­tic­u­lar or­chid that grew there.

The ar­ro­gant ig­no­rance of such bod­ies as the Forestry Com­mis­sion and Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) is al­ready a by­word, so Scot­tish Canals will fit right in.

The Forestry Com­mis­sion seems to de­light in wan­tonly de­stroy­ing land­scape fea­tures and leav­ing a bru­talised hill­side be­hind; ‘ har­vest­ing’ is such a com­fort­able word, un­til you see the con­se­quences of Forestry prac­tice.

As for SNH, it re­ally is the king on the muck heap of gov­ern­ment bu­reau­cracy. Its beaver non­sense is proof that play­ing God should be left to God.

I sup­pose that some­where in Holy­rood there are peo­ple to whom th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are sup­posed to an­swer. I won­der who they are. Per­haps shame pre­vents them own­ing up.

Alexan­der Hamil­ton, Leac na Ban, Tay­val­lich.

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