En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist blasts Oban’s lit­ter prob­lem

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­times.co.uk

AN EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL cam­paigner from who has set up a Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful group was in de­spair this week af­ter read­ing a story in The

Oban Times about rub­bish and drink­ing par­ties on Pul­pit Hill.

Mau­rice Wilkins said there was a ‘sorry tale’ to be told about rub­bish through­out the town and he hopes po­lice foot pa­trols can be ex­tended through­out the town.

Mr Wilkins, a well-re­spected en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, said: ‘Not only is Pul­pit Hill a rub­bish dump, but Oban’s pre­mier tourist at­trac­tion, McCaig’s Tower, is like­wise.

‘It helps, of course, that most of the drink­ing and eat­ing fra­ter­nity lob their de­tri­tus over the edge of the view­ing plat­form, where it’s not so read­ily seen, though the hol­i­day-mak­ers can gaze down upon it while they take pic­tures of the view.

‘Dump­ing, un­for­tu­nately, is not lim­ited to rub­bish, as the kind per­son who used the word in a slightly dif­fer­ent sense on my gar­den path re­cently will know.

‘Many of our visi­tors make their way up to the tower via the steps of Ja­cob’s Lad­der, where they will be able to take note of more of­fer­ings from the gen­er­ous drinkers of the town.

‘The two seats at the top end pro­vide ex­cel­lent com­fort for the carry- out brigade, who fre­quently drop their bot­tles, cans and poly­styrene boxes di­rectly be­neath their feet.

‘The more thought­ful among them toss the rub­bish over the fence, of course, where it lies hooked up in the un­der­growth un­til wind and weather washes it down to join the many years’ sup­ply be­hind the wall of the dis­tillery.

‘This is only seen dur­ing the win­ter when tourists are few, so I sup­pose it might seem not to mat­ter.

‘The bro­ken rail­ings and stonework pulled out of the wall re­main be­hind one of the seats where they were left many months ago.

‘A call to the coun­cil, telling them of this mess and the dan­gers of rusty, bro­ken metal, re­mains unan­swered. Let’s hope that some in­no­cent child doesn’t tear his or her cheek on the jagged and rusty spikes.

‘I’ll not bring up the sub­ject of the Black Lynn, or the Hy­dro, the back of the Cor­ran Halls, or any­where else in the town where rub­bish is reg­u­larly re­cy­cled.

‘Maybe the po­lice should pa­trol some of th­ese places too. I must end by thank­ing those loyal cit­i­zens who take the trou­ble to clear up some of the lit­ter dropped by so many thought­less peo­ple.

‘Do we re­ally wel­come visi­tors to Oban or would we pre­fer that they went else­where?’

The po­lice have agreed to in­crease their foot pa­trols around the town.

Any­one wish­ing to join Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful should con­tact Mr Wilkins on mau­rice@ar­d­u­aine.plus.com.

Mau­rice Wilkins and Bar­bara Macfar­lane from Keep Oban Beau­ti­ful.

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