View­point is lit­tered with rub­bish

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE have agreed to do reg­u­lar foot pa­trols of the view­point at Pul­pit Hill af­ter com­plaints from res­i­dents about the state of the area.

Cran­naig A Mhin­is­ter res­i­dent John Calder­wood says the area is strewn with bro­ken bot­tles and empty beer cans that tourists have to step over.

The view across the is­lands and north to Lochaber is renowned as one of the finest on the west coast.

Mr Calder­wood ex­plained: ‘Last Sun­day I took a walk up to the view­point and was dis­gusted by the mess which had been left re­cently by peo­ple us­ing the area as a drinking venue.

‘The area was strewn with bro­ken bot­tles which had not just been dropped but had been thrown with force which re­sulted in nu­mer­ous pieces of bro­ken glass ly­ing around.

‘I have pre­vi­ously picked up the rem­nants but I’m afraid the pieces were so small I would have been there for many hours.

‘In ad­di­tion, empty cans of lager had also been left.

‘The area was very busy with visi­tors and I apol­o­gised for the mess. A cou­ple of hol­i­day­mak­ers went to their car and came back with a dust­pan and brush and de­spite my ef­forts to dis­suade them, they swept up the ma­jor­ity of the bro­ken glass. The visi­tors were on hol­i­day from Gal­loway and had been mak­ing a re­turn visit to re­mind them of a pre­vi­ous tour so I can only imag­ine their thoughts on see­ing this mess.

‘This area is very pop­u­lar with both lo­cals and tourists with chil­dren and an­i­mals, so it must only be a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is se­ri­ously in­jured.

‘Po­lice have been in­formed of the prob­lem in the past. It is an of­fence un­der the bye-laws pro­hibit­ing the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol in des­ig­nated pub­lic places in Oban, which came in to be­ing in 2012.

‘I do not know what the an­swer could be but per­haps reg­u­lar po­lice pa­trols on foot. Even leav­ing their ve­hi­cle a short dis­tance away and walk­ing the re­main­der might just de­ter those re­spon­si­ble.’

Mark MacCann, who takes a walk up the hill most days, added: ‘There are peo­ple who like to drink them­selves silly up here and then just leave ev­ery­thing be­hind.

‘I of­ten see teenagers drinking bot­tles of cider and I am wor­ried that par­ents think they are safe but quite clearly they are not.’

In­spec­tor Mark Stephen at Oban po­lice sta­tion said: ‘I will make sure the view­point gets more at­ten­tion from our­selves, in­clud­ing foot pa­trols.’

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