Have your say on island ferry timetable

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Easdale residents are being asked to have a say on ferry times.

Timetables on council-run ferries were changed due to Covid and although it is understood most of them have now gone back to the winter timetable Easdale’s ferry has not, resulting in a complaint members of Seil and Easdale Community Council have heard.

Argyll and Bute Council has now asked the community council to canvas people’s views.

The options are either they stay on the current timetable or move to the regular winter timetable.

Posters have been put up in the ferry sheds and a leaflet drop through doors so the community council can gather views and feedback to the Argyll and Bute.

‘It’s for the people who live there to have a say,’ said community council convenor Zim Knight.

Views on the timetable can be emailed to secretary@seilandeasdalecc.co.uk

Work is also ongoing to find a permanent solution to protect Easdale harbour.

Seil and Easdale Community Council heard at its meeting last week that a number of efforts are now joining together in a bid to find a solution that will last.

Councillor Elaine Robertson told the meeting the council would initially be looking at dredging the harbour entrance after recent storm damage took its toll again, but other options would be looked at, including putting in a breakwater which had been mentioned in previous surveys.

Earlier this month former Highlands and Islands MSP and a resident of Easdale, Mike MacKenzie warned more dredging was urgently needed otherwise it would become impossible to run the ferry service and there was a danger the island will lose its harbour altogether.

Work to dredge the harbour’s entrance by council contractors had only been completed a couple of weeks before Storm Aiden hit, causing damage.

In an open letter to council leader Robin Currie, Mr MacKenzie had stressed that more permanent  protection and stabilisation measures should be put in hand otherwise the council would continually face further and needless expenditure.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said it was hoped any future plans for the harbour could be taken forward in partnership with all its users – council, community and commercial.

‘The first step would be to organise a feasibility study to consider constructing breakwaters to the north of the channel. We would hope to issue the brief before the end of the financial year,’ said the spokesperson.


Caption: Easdale ferry’s timetables up for comment