West Dunbartonshire Council’s enthusiasm for pouring £ millions of public money into Exxon, one of the world’s richest companies, continues unabated. This is despite the fact that Exxon has one of the worst records in the country for causing harm to the environment.
Three big issues are to come before the monthly meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council next week – nuclear weapons, assisted dying and climate change. There will also be a motion to call a halt to mass balloon releases at fetes, parties and other social occasions.
A lot of people who live near Dumbarton Common were extremely unhappy when the carnival arrived earlier this month. No one in authority seemed to consider that adding the loud music, other noises and even more traffic on an area already blighted by traffic jams and work on the nearby railway bridges was not a good idea.
“We never heard about that in school” is the most damning comment on how history is taught. Fourteenth-century battles between competing French nobles and our benign contributions to civilisation make up Scotland’s story, do they not?
Dalreoch Station in the West End of Dumbarton then and now. Picture by Tom Gardiner