Letters, March 4 2022

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Loving life in Carradale

We have recently moved to Carradale, and are loving it!

I wrote this poem in praise of our new home.

Carradale, O Carradale,
Joy of man’s desiring
Your windy skies and empty roads
Clean spaces, so inspiring

Room to stretch, peace to work
A heavy weight removed
Hill, beach and forest in easy reach
How happy we are to have moved

The south might say it’s grim up north
But that’s not what we have found
Friendly people, wild sea and land
And nights without a sound

May our days be long and all spent here
May our family come to stay
To share the wonders of our new homeland
To work and rest and play

I urge you all if tired and stressed
To leave your struggles behind
To find your own haven and walk away
And feel yourself unwind

The story’s just starting
There’ll be more to tell
You can judge for yourself
If it’s heaven or hell

To quote a French poet, Charles Baudelaire,
‘Leaving for leaving’s sake
Hearts light as balloons
Let’s go’

Best wishes.

Phil Royal, Carradale.

Wet wipe experience

Living in a Campbeltown flat, one up from the street, with only one flat above using the same toilet waste downpipe, I was amazed to return home to find a previous ‘deposit’ still in my toilet.

My attempt to clear and flush caused the toilet basin to fill to the brim with ‘dirty’ water etcetera and white paper.

The emergency plumbers were called and two good men arrived but efforts to clear the toilet basin in the flat failed.

At ground level outside, they effected an entry into the said downpipe and pulled out unpleasant ‘deposits’ and many many wet wipes – which I do not use.

They claimed to have previously attended similarly choked toilets with wet wipes. On their advice, I called Scottish Water to report the situation.

Their officers attended and completed the clearance into the main drain.

It is encouraging to hear that the water companies are taking action to attempt to prevent other householders from sharing my horrible wet wipes experience.

Name and address supplied.

Calling for Crofting Commission review

Following the recent report from the Public Audit committee, I am calling for a review of governance structures, especially in relation to the Crofting Commission.

Crofting in the Highlands and Islands is a huge economic driver that retains people and fights against depopulation.

To see that no real improvements have been made to improve the Crofting Commission since concerns were firstly raised is disappointing and concerning and I would like to see this urgently addressed to avoid this occurring again.

That is why I believe it would be best to review these governance structures so that the roles within the Crofting Commission – and other bodies – are clear and that its relationship with its board and the Scottish Government are clearly defined.

Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands MSP.