Let’s get rid of this dangerous crossing
WE REPORTED last week and again this week about problems in connection with the zebra crossing outside Lidl on the Soroba Road.
Regardless of the issues surrounding planning permission and whether the correct procedures were followed, this crossing should not have been installed.
There have been numerous incidents and near misses. In fact, it is a miracle there has not been a very serious accident there.
The crossing is right beside the junction with Sinclair Drive, right beside the entrance to Lidl and right beside a very busy filling station. And it is just a very short walk from a traffic lights pelican crossing that is far safer to use.
It is a dangerous crossing in the wrong place. Let’s get rid of it as soon as possible.
Excitement builds for Oban Live
IT IS only just over a month now until Oban Live, the biggest music festival on the West Coast.
I am so looking forward to the big event over the weekend of June 2 and 3 as it has a great line-up of acts, headlined by Toploader but also featuring a host of well-known bands and performers.
Among the best of them are Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Manra, Tide Lines and Trail West. But there will also be music from Oban High School Pipe Band, newly returned from the Big Apple after a starring role in New York famous Tartan Day parade along Sixth Avenue.
There is a range of tickets to suit different budgets, with options for just the Friday or Saturday, or both.
Then there are different prices for VIPs, adults, concessions, under-18s and children under eight (who are admitted for free).
If we are lucky enough to have the same weather as last year, it will be a brilliant couple of days. Make sure you’re there.
Gripped by the thrill of elections
I LOVE elections.
I’m not especially political but I find myself gripped by the whole drama of campaigns and the way people become polarised over particular issues.
I love the cut and thrust of the arguments and debates. I’m fascinated by the passion which people of all parties display as they strive to persuade others to their points of view.
Prime Minister Theresa May has been praised and pilloried in equal measure for her decision to go to the country on June 8. I thank her for doing so.
The general election comes, of course, just five weeks after the local elections here in Scotland on May 4. I’ve heard some people grumbling about ‘election fatigue’, a phrase that has now become a cliche. I am anything but fatigued by the prospect of two polls within weeks of each other. Just the opposite, in fact.
But don’t worry: I’m not going to try to persuade anyone to vote for a particular party.
What I would urge, though, is everyone should go out and vote for someone. Our democratic rights have been hard- earned and there are those who would deny us them if they could. Make sure you turn out to vote on May 4 and June 8 if you possibly can.
What do you think?
Let me know by writing to me at The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4 HB, or by email to email@example.com.