Letters, April 8 2022

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Take care near lambing sheep

It was great to see a local walk being promoted in last week’s Campbeltown Courier, but I was a little alarmed to see the route recommended walking through fields at lambing time.

It also said most routes are suitable for dogs on leads but just the sight of a dog can cause a sheep to abort her lamb.

People should absolutely enjoy the outdoors and Kintyre’s stunning scenery and history but I’d recommend completely avoiding fields where there are pregnant sheep and lambs.

Name and address supplied.

Salute to Campbeltown

Over the last two years, mainly due to the failing health of my elderly parents, I have had cause to interact increasingly with many aspects of Campbeltonian society, including medical, social care, charities, neighbours and local businesses.

I have been hugely impressed by the pleasant, helpful attitude displayed by the vast majority of people I have encountered.

‘No problem,’ is often said and, indeed, meant. Many are willing to go the extra mile to help.

I am pleased to congratulate, and thank, Campbeltonians for their collective attributes, which the rest of the country would do well to aspire to.

Ewan Wallace, Aberdeen.

Port Ellen ‘hub’ dividing community

I would like to set the record straight regarding South Islay Development (SID)’s Port Ellen playing fields ‘community hub’ development which was covered in last week’s Campbeltown Courier.

I am one of the objectors who went round every door in Port Ellen. We gathered hundreds of signatures against this, which got the first lot of plans scrapped.

So SID changed the plan to suit the roads department and resubmitted the planning application.

Most of the objectors didn’t know they had to object again.

SID didn’t knock on every door and ask how folk felt about it. They put leaflets through people’s doors and a lot of people didn’t return them.

They also had open days, normally through the week, when people are working and can’t attend.

And that is the reason I, for one, couldn’t attend the virtual planning, protective services and licensing committee meeting. People have full-time jobs and can’t attend these things at 10am on a Thursday.

The community of Port Ellen is divided over this development.

This was always intended to be a community space and now it’s being developed for tourism.

We know and understand something has to happen in the area but it should have been to benefit the community, not more space going to tourism.

The campervans are an eyesore but don’t think we’re saying we don’t want them on Islay, but there are places better suited for them outside the village.

Equally, the people in these campervans will probably pick somewhere they have a good view, quiet and relaxing, rather than by the main road, where all ferry traffic passes.

Islay will soon be unrecognisable, all for tourists and nothing for the locals. It will soon be another Skye.

It’s unaffordable for people to come here for a week’s holiday.

Name and address supplied.