It appears the good old days of community councils keeping a weather eye on local eyesores are things of the past, or so it seemed to me last week when in the beautiful, even warm October sunshine I chanced to take a walk along the banks of the Ythan to the Meadows.
For the first half of the mile long walk all was well, making me wonder why there were so few others indulging themselves in what is generally known as the Glebe.
I was soon to find out, as I found myself ankle deep in bog-like conditions, which might well have deterred a lesser person, but I ploughed on until I came across a sign on the path lying face down in the water and mud.
On closer examination I was able to read it was in a fact an indication there was no through way which, after coming thus far, seemed strange that earlier notice had not been given.
Why no sign at my first point of entry to the aforesaid Glebe? After all, I could not have been expected to guess there was a hazard ahead.
Despite the notice I continued, this despite the difficult underfoot conditions, simply because I had business at the Meadows and was nearly there anyway. I then discovered the reason for the sign was to warn the public of the work going on at the new bridge to link the north area to what will be road-cum-bridge to the new Ellon Academy.
I reached the Meadows unscathed, apart from extremely wet feet, but angry that I had been so badly inconvenienced, and ill-informed of the hazards.
Aberdeenshire Council must of course take full responsibility, but then Ellon Community Council are not blameless.
They surely pride themselves on watching out for the various eyesores, and hazards in the town. Or would I be right in thinking they have more romantic chores to occupy their minds with, not least being the secret garden at Ellon Castle, so secret it has been kept from the eyes of the public for more than 200 years.
No, sorry it is just not good enough, but as already pointed out, whatever happened to keeping the public abreast of local issues?
As recently as the mid-1990’s, the community council used to walk round the town, noting on their travels any problems that could have referred to the local council. These days have been clearly banished from its current agenda, more’s the pity.
And finally, and totally unrelated, is a small observation about BBC Scotland screening the whole of the first round draw of the FA Cup on a Monday night at peak viewing time.
You’ll pardon me, but apart from those supporters of Dagenham and Redbridge, or Havant and Waterlooville, I can’t for the life of me see the point of yet more soccer on TV. Watching balls being drawn from a machine by robot-like zombies from the beautiful game scarcely makes for riveting viewing.
So, on behalf of viewers, from Auchnagatt to Tillicoultry can I ask the BBC to get into the real world. It would not have happened if we had voted for independence!