Letters to the Editor

letters to editor

Road Repairs

Dear Editor,
Are they finished repairing the roads or can we expect more work?

On my route to work between Balemartin and Cornaig there is a stretch – maybe 4 or 5 yards – at the Balinoe Post Office road end which is superb. Apart from that, I think the patch up job on ‘some’ of the pot holes is appalling and I will be surprised if there are not craters in the road surface again very soon.

Some of the potholes were not repaired at all which is why I ask – is there more work going to be done in the near future?

Yours in exasperation,
Jessie Gray

Tiree ‘Midden Tour’

An Turus being gaelic for The Journey is a good place to start for the current and increasing Tiree ‘Midden tour’, The building won the prestigious “Scottish Building of the Year” award way back in 2003, it is now cracked, dirty and surrounded by rubbish deposited by the many wheelie bin wind disasters we all suffer from …the paint has faded as has the memory of the cost.

Pier Road is the first impression for all arriving from the ferry, the collecting junk around the garage, the deteriorating flat bed trailer left by the road side, the state of the road, add to the scenic drive up to the old harbour and the zenith of our little tour de force.

It saddens me and many others at the loss of the Scarinish Hotel as a ‘ nice place to visit’… it now has an internal ambiance of squalor, dirty and un-welcoming … not so very long ago the place was a lively island pub.

Over the last few years the hotel has gradually deteriorated into its current embarrassing state. The old boat shed is ready to decapitate some unfortunate being in a future gale, the manhole cover regularly regurgitates its sewage onto the car park, the gas bottles roll around at the whim of the weather, the fence is ready to follow the boat shed. It is not only an aesthetic mess it also poses a real Health and Safety problem …do the owners care? Well on current performance ‘ no’. However the hotel website states;

‘We are a team of committed professionals and our mission is to create something quite special here – a Scottish island experience which will take your breath away. Where you can breathe in and soothe the body – and breathe out and smile’. http://www.tireescarinishhotel.com

It is easy to become complacent even in the most beautiful of places …however, familiarity does breed contempt …and something special has been created and it takes my breath away every time I walk by, as for a smile …I wish ! It is spring, maybe it is time to invest in that spring time maintenance and cleaning …to the owners I ask only one small thing, please give us back our Island Pub or at the very least tidy your midden.

Offshore View.

Atlantic Rising Update

Apologies for cluttering your inboxes on a Monday morning, however it is rare that we have REALLY exciting news.

Yesterday morning our Message in a Bottle was found by Brazilian fishermen off the coast of Brazil. It had travelled 1000 miles in the five weeks since its launch.

Using our satellite tracking equipment we were able to locate where it was and spent the best part of a morning trying to get hold of the people who had it.

The good news is that it is safe. We now have to find 2000 Brazilian children to respond to the letters that are contained within it.

Love to you all, Will.

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