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The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with friends, fam­ily and other peo­ple in our com­mu­nity has never been eas­ier in this age of in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia.

Most of us will use Face­book daily ba­sis and it’s a pop­u­lar way for peo­ple to dis­cuss what’s hap­pen­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties with other peo­ple who live there. Oban is no dif­fer­ent.

How­ever, last week coun­cil­lors at the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area com­mit­tee raised con­cerns about mem­bers of the pub­lic who are quick to crit­i­cise on­line, writ­ing in­flam­a­tory com­ments about coun­cil­lors – in­clud­ing some very per­sonal at­tacks – on Face­book with­out get­ting in touch di­rectly and giv­ing them the chance to try to ad­dress the prob­lem first.

Coun­cil­lor Mary-Jean Devon told us: ‘In the case of the Soroba bin prob­lem the first rep­re­sen­ta­tion I had about is­sues was from res­i­dent Sheila Brown in Fe­bru­ary.’

As our elected mem­bers, coun­cil­lors can be seen as easy tar­gets and while it is right to hold the coun­cil to ac­count, it seems only fair to raise any is­sues di­rectly with coun­cil­lors to give them the op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing about it.

So pick up the phone or email your coun­cil­lor if you have a prob­lem, be­cause no-one de­serves to be blind­sided in pub­lic about some­thing they may know noth­ing about.

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