Letters, October 15 2021

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Where has the respect gone at Kilkerran Cemetery?

I am writing this letter due to concern and disgust at the state of Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown, lately.

When entering the cemetery, there the workmen’s tractor, vans and trailers are parked, even at the end of the work day, and a mound of earth which has been there for some time and in fact has weeds growing at the back of it.

Leaves off the palm trees are strewn all over the road and grass.

Regarding the vans, trailers and tractor, they make it difficult to drive your car in the cemetery and do not help with the appearance. Surely they could be stored at the council depot, especially when not getting used.

The grass throughout was cut and the loose grass was left lying in thick clumps, as if it was a playing field, instead of a cemetery.

This cemetery, in years past, won an award but I fail to see the same happening again with things as they are of late.

The grass around the stones, at the sides and back, is not being cut, resulting in long grass and often ferns growing; there are bollards lying loose which will undoubtedly result in damage to a car; there are cones at the main car park, restricting the amount of cars that can park there, and there are also cones at the portable cabins; the road in the cemetery is a total disgrace!

I in no way blame the men who work in the cemetery as they are doing as they have been told to do, and I know they are taken from the cemetery to work elsewhere, resulting in those men not having the time to complete the work which is necessary to keep the cemetery in the condition it should be.

I understand about cutbacks and lack of funds but I am wondering where the money goes that people have paid for plots and/or council tax, which increase and yet there are even more cutbacks.

My biggest concern is where has the respect gone?

Name and address supplied.


Rest and Be Thankful is a catastrophe waiting to happen

The following is in response to the debate about the state of the A83 over Rest And Be Thankful in the Scottish Parliament last Wednesday, October 6.

I fear that the current Rest and Be Thankful is a catastrophe waiting to happen and I think that there needs to be an urgency from the Scottish Government to deliver a medium-term and long-term solution for the people and businesses of Argyll.

The Cabinet Secretary discussed the necessity to collect data for the end long-term solution and, as much as I appreciate that, it should have been done years ago and I completely understand the frustrations felt by businesses and travellers alike.

The Cabinet Secretary also invited all contributing MSPs to walk the forestry road with engineers and I am going to write to him to accept that invitation.

Rhoda Grant MSP, Highlands and Islands region.