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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.