Lit­ter prob­lems is far more wide­spread

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I read the front-page news last week about the state of the Pul­pit Hill view­point (‘ View­point is lit­tered with rub­bish’, The Oban Times, July 27) and feel I should add a lit­tle more to this sorry tale.

Not only is Pul­pit Hill a rub­bish dump, but it is 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 is 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, ad­vis­ing 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 rusty spikes.

I’ll not bring up the sub­ject of the Black Lynn, 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? Mau­rice Wilkins, Lau­rel Road, Oban.

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