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Old Courthouse condemned
Some people may be sad to hear that Campbeltown’s B-listed Old Courthouse on Bolgam Street has been condemned and will be demolished.
But we have to put our sensible hats on and realise that although it would have been best for the building to be saved, it has lain empty for more than 30 years and has fallen into a state of disrepair from which it could not possibly return.
And it is much better for the site to be turned into something positive, as outlined in the planning permission application, than to continue to rot, crumble and become even more of an eyesore in Campbeltown’s ever improving town centre.
Lucky to have the tonic on our doorstep
Matthew Bethell, the swimmer who features on this week’s front page, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when he arrived in Kintyre. He even likened the area to a Greek island.
The primary school teacher, like all in the profession, has had a tumultuous and challenging year, but he described Kintyre’s waters as just the tonic he needed.
Many of us who live here take for granted Kintyre’s stunning scenery which leaves such an impression on visitors.
We may also forget how lucky we are have been able to spend lockdown in such a peaceful setting.