The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry

I READ with in­ter­est that a com­pany has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil for a sand and gravel quarry in Glen Cr­eran.

The landowner, Do­minique Collinet, a Bel­gian busi­ness­man, has given the go-ahead for the ap­pli­ca­tion to be made.

This ap­pli­ca­tion should be dumped in the near­est skip.

In Ar­gyll and Bute we have a huge num­ber of tourists com­ing to the area in the sum­mer.

More and more peo­ple are vis­it­ing our car­a­van and camp- ing sites to en­joy the beauty of our coun­try­side.

And what does Mr Collinet do? He backs the cre­ation of a quarry in one of the most stun­ning glens in the west of Scot­land.

We in the Oban area al­ready have sev­eral quar­ries sup­ply­ing the same kind of sand and gravel.

Apart from the panoramic value of this area, the glen is home to sev­eral species of an­i­mals, some of which are pro­tected. The im­pact on the land­scape and wildlife would be cat­a­strophic.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil must re­alise the amount of land de­vel­oped for quar­ries and wind farms is spoil­ing the area.

The prom­ise of cheaper elec­tric­ity from wind farms was never go­ing to be re­alised by the av­er­age house­holder. But the landown­ers who lease out land to quar­ries and wind farms have cer­tainly made fi­nan­cial gains.

And com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions have re­ceived fund­ing from wind farms, pre­sum­ably to keep them from ask­ing what hap­pened to the cheaper elec­tric­ity we were promised.

Glen Cr­eran is served by a sin­gle-track road used by lo­cals, cy­clists, tourists and chil­dren. The im­pact of quar­ry­ing lor­ries would be hor­ren­dous.

I only hope Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil re­fuses plan­ning per­mis­sion so that we can all en­joy the glen’s grandeur and beauty for years to come.

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