Keep tidy volunteers get picnic reward

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Volunteers have cleared a trailer-load of rubbish and weeds from around mothballed Ardchattan School.

The working party managed to get the area looking less neglected at the weekend by weeding and pruning back overgrowth – in return for a picnic of home-baked delights.

Community councillor Breege Smyth, who co-ordinated the event, praised the volunteers for their community spirit.

‘It would be great to get them a wee mention in this week’s Oban Times,’ she said.

Last month a public consultation event on the future of the school building was postponed.

Campaigners wanting to save the school building for community use were told a new date would be announced as soon as possible and their views would still be heard.

Argyll and Bute Council wants to hear from the public if it should keep mothballing the school, reopen it with its current catchment, widen the intake or close it for good.

A report on the school’s fate is due to go to the council’s community services committee on December 11 for a decision which will then be passed on to Scottish ministers.