Let’s get behind a beautiful project
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.