Rub­bish is pil­ing up for tourist sea­son

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Well, it is that time of year again, and the fo­liage on our high­ways and by­ways has died back and there it is, laid bare for all to see - rub­bish and yet more rub­bish.

It is ev­ery­where, and there is more and more ev­ery day. Cof­fee cups, sand­wich wrap­pers, crisp pack­ets, cig­a­rette ends, plas­tic bot­tles, drinks cans, dead an­i­mals, de­tri­tus from road re­pairs and bits of crashed cars.

I don’t know about you, but I was al­ways taught to take my rub­bish home and put it in the bin, not to lit­ter the coun­try­side. There re­ally is no ex­cuse.

I know there are cut­backs in ser­vices but, for the most part, this rub­bish is ob­vi­ously thrown from of car win­dows, or it is the re­mains of the fish sup­per on the way home, or it may be the re­mains of the pic­nic, al­beit tied up neatly in a car­rier bag and left at the side of the road.

Why is it that some of us, who live in one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the world, al­low all this lit­ter to ac­cu­mu­late? What makes peo­ple think it is ac­cept­able to de­posit lit­ter at the side of the road, with a no­tion that some­one else will pick it up, and no con­sid­er­a­tion for the wildlife in our coun­try­side?

We rely so much on tourism in Scot­land, and I feel ashamed of the way we por­tray our coun­try­side to the many for­eign­ers who visit. They prob­a­bly leave our shores with the vi­sion of a dirty, un­kempt place, which no- one seems to care about.

It seems to me that the SNP lead­ers, who claim such pride in this won­der­ful place, should get out on to the roads of Ar­gyll to see for them­selves what a mess it is in.

It has got worse over the past two years. How on earth can they think about be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent if they can’t even keep the house­keep­ing done prop­erly? It is the most ba­sic of du­ties. Ni­cola Holt, Burn­side, Car­radale.

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