It think it is testament to the work they did in the former main landslip area that it has held throughout the appalling amount of rain we have had this year. It is not at all surprising that it has burst somewhere else: that hillside is never going to be stable, and the cost of stabilising all of it would be vast.
The solution to this type of problem in the Alps (and it is common) eliminates both landslip and snow problems: putting a sloped roof over the road with open supports on the downhill side so that it is like a semi-tunnel. Expensive initially, but ultimately much cheaper. That is not to say that some debris clearance might not be required at times from the roof, but the road wouldn’t have to close.
Catherine Gillies also commented
- Landslides are nothing new!! Crikey, a swift look back at the Oban Times will show repeated landslides, and don’t forget that the Callander to Oban railway was eventually closed because of persistent landslides in Glen Ogle (our other roulette route). Climate change and the increase in rainfall might be having an impact – but this is the first landslide (or at least the first newsworthy one) this year, and it has been a torrential year.
As for the ugliness of these snow galleries, the ones I am thinking of are in the world heritage site of the Chamonix valley, and actually are pretty invisible now that the hillside has claimed the top of them.
Recent comments by Catherine Gillies
- Time for council administration to think about where it’s going
It would not surprise me in the slightest that someone as utterly decent and hard-working as Roddy McCuish might be tempted to be able to spend more time on work as an elected member working for his ward than in political bickering.
I would be very sorry to see him go, but I rather suspect he will. I would in his shoes.
- SNP’s Coalition for Progress now has a majority – 19 councillors
Hooray for the coalition and the honest-as-the-day-is-long postie McCuish. Looking round the virtual room containing them all I see so many people I trust. I can’t remember when we last had a council ruling group I could say that about! Now I am going to burn their ears off about protecting our amazing heritage and celebrating our astounding culture. Who will they get to lead that particular charge?
- Council Elections: The count
What a nasty set of comments about Donald Melville. Whoever you are, please don’t ever stand for the council. We need positive people, not this sort of pointless sniping. Luckily Mellon will continue to do a lot for the community, and better luck next time. If he had put Duncan MacIntyre out we would have had a pretty good spread of people. Even so it is not at all bad around Oban, and I am really confident that it is going to be a better place to try and get things done in.
- Council Elections: The count
Whoop whoop for Oban South and the Isles!!
- Brooch of Lorn goes south to British Museum for Shakespeare exhibition
Yippee! It’s ours then! (Phew )
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