Round-up from Seil and Easdale Community Council

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Community councillors will not be backing an idea to ‘grasscrete’ a green area in Ellenabeich for buses and coaches to turn more easily in the heritage village.

When Seil and Easdale Community Council asked for residents’ feedback on the idea, it received 16 responses and all were in opposition.

‘Therefore this is not something the CC would be able to support,’ said a spokesperson for members.

The 418 service bus to Ellenabeich has had its timetable cut and now only runs on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It will be reviewed again soon.

Four vacancies are coming up on the community council at the next elections expected to be in October or November.

Yowann Byghan who has stepped down recently has been thanked by fellow CC members for his work as treasurer and for his insight and help with the various issues the community has faced over the past two years. There has been interest expressed in filling the anticipated vacant posts and the CC is hopeful there will be enough nominations when the time to elect comes.

The community council also received £1,550 from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to help fight the Covid crisis.

Trying to help as many different parts of the community as possible, money has so far gone to providing PPE for car scheme volunteer drivers, giving out educational activity packs to youngsters, providing two benches for outside learning at Easdale School, commissioning banners to welcome visitors during Covid but remind them to keep safe practices, and the island’s 26 regular lunch club attendees all had a special delivery of a VE Day commemorative tin of shortbread and artwork from children.

The remaining £147 will be used to the ‘maximum benefit’ to help the community ease out of lockdown. Anyone with suggestions should get in touch by emailing seilandeasdaleccsec@btinternet.com