Let’s get be­hind a beau­ti­ful pro­ject

The Oban Times - - NEWS - MARTIN LAING mlaing@oban­times.co.uk

WE HAVE a let­ter on page 10 to­day prais­ing the pow­ers-that-be for their fan­tas­tic ef­fort in mak­ing Oban town cen­tre look bril­liant.

And by pure co­in­ci­dence, I was con­tact re­cently by reader Mau­rice Wilkins who said he and a friend, Bar­bara Mac­far­lane, want to set up a Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful group.

Mau­rice wrote in an email: ‘Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful is the aim of lo­cal peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about Oban and who be­lieve that the town could be an even more at­trac­tive place for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.

‘ We in­tend to sup­port the on­go­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in beau­ti­fy­ing Oban in var­i­ous ways, whether by en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to pro­tect and plant trees, help­ing to look af­ter flower beds, clear­ing lit­ter from our streets, clean­ing the beaches and, most im­por­tantly, get­ting to­gether with like-minded mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

‘To­gether we can make a dif­fer­ence.’

Mau­rice also wrote to me: ‘The time is right to at­tempt to set up a Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful group.

‘My main con­cern is the usual prob­lem – rub­bish. I do a lot of walk­ing around the town and find the lit­ter and graf­fiti away from the main streets quite sad.

‘I’m also very con­cerned with the way that trees around Oban are grad­u­ally dis­ap­pear­ing. I hear of trees with preser­va­tion or­ders be­ing felled with­out per­mis­sion, I see trees be­ing cut down in gar­dens just to broaden the view and I’m aware of many trees, par­tic­u­lar around the Oban Hill area where I live, be­ing chopped and butchered in a hor­ri­ble way.

‘There are all sorts of other things which will be of con­cern to other peo­ple, such as plan­ning is­sues, green is­sues, dan­ger­ous walls, foot­paths and cy­cle tracks – many folk will no doubt have a favourite hobby horse. I’ve spo­ken to Bid4Oban and to Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia McKenzie, who were very sup­port­ive. I’ve men­tioned this to a cou­ple of peo­ple who have shown in­ter­est and I’ve spo­ken to Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, who were also very sup­port­ive.’

I have to say, I think it’s a splen­did idea. There must be many res­i­dent of the town and its sur­round­ing area who would be en­thu­si­as­tic to sign up to such an ex­cel­lent group.

Any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact Mau­rice by email at mau­rice@ ar­d­u­aine.plus.com.

Or let me know your thoughts via the ad­dresses at the end.

Mau­rice Wilkins and Bar­bara Mac­far­lane de­serve sup­port in their bid to set up a Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful group.

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