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Walk a great idea!
The Benlister Falls walking path, highlighted in last week’s Arran Banner, is a great idea.
I remember regular family walks, up the previously way marked path, to the first significant fall. We followed a route found on older OS maps, and which often passed close to the many smaller cascades on the way up. Many of these were great places to have picnics and for children to play.
Access does seem to have suffered in recent years but beyond the ‘main’ fall, pictured last week, is a further equally significant fall that few people know exists. A new public path would enable both large falls to be accessed in this picturesque glen.
A good deed
On Monday I walked to the Harbour Shop in Blackwaterfoot to buy my granpa’s paper then, after I left, Ellen, who works there, saw a paper on the floor and thought I had forgotten mine so she walked all the way to my holiday house to ask, in case it was mine.
Megan Miller (age 9)
One positive legacy
With the elections for Scotland’s local authorities happening on May 5, it is important to emphasise the vital role councils play in helping blind and partially-sighted people to live as independently and inclusively as possible.
People with a visual impairment are more likely to depend on services from their local council, for information that’s readily available in alternative formats, public transport that’s accessible, streets and thoroughfares that allow people to walk safely and without obstacles, education that allows every child to reach their full potential, and employment that’s informed by a better understanding of what those with sight loss can do.
Around 178,000 people are currently living with a significant degree of sight loss in Scotland, of whom more than 4,000 are children and young people. Our ageing population and the increase in sight-threatening conditions such as diabetes means this number will, inevitably, grow.
Let’s make one positive legacy of the upheaval we’ve all been through and resolve to make sure we re-emerge as a society in which no-one is left at the margins. Our local authorities are absolutely key to this.
James Adams, director,
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland,