Seil zooms in for agenda talk

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Seil and Easdale Community Council has zoomed in for its first online meeting.

Scottish Water’s delay on its new multi-million pound water treatment works and problems with speeding drivers were just some of what came up for discussion.

Members are still waiting to hear back from Scottish Water with details of a meeting it wants to set up with stakeholders and community representatives to talk through its decision to review its plans.

An idea has been put forward to set up a new extended stakeholders group. Community council convenor Zim Knight said ‘balance’ was important and that such a group should ‘reflect the views of everyone so we can all work together and work on a satisfactory outcome.’

Debate over a new treatment site on the island has divided opinion for years. Last month Scottish Water announced it was deferring its planning bid because of estimates of costs in final delivery of the project.

Use or lose the bus service on the island was a message urged on the agenda after the meeting heard West Coast Motors was  carrying out a review of its timetable.

Councillor for the ward Elaine Robertson said she would make enquiries with the bus company about what its plans were and report back.

Litter and lack of bins came up for discussion with a call for a bigger bin needed at the 90-space car park in Ellenabeich and one down by the ferry shed – it was also suggested a bin would be useful down by the layby at Sea View.

Health officials have been in touch with the Island Hall committee on Seil asking about doors in and out of the building and if it has a fridge.

The doctor’s surgery wanted to thank people participating in the recent drive-through flu jab sessions but a re-think was going on about where it might be better to run such sessions from so there could be a one-way system. The car park at the Tigh An Truish pub near Clachan Bridge was suggested, if it was permitted.

Worries over speeding drivers were also aired by concerned residents, in particular that Sea View corner was a black spot and an accident waiting to happen. Signs encouraging motorists to slow down would be helpful, one resident suggested. Temporary signs have already gone up through Clachan Seil and Balvicar after concerns for the safety of pedestrians, schoolchildren and cyclists.

There was also an appeal for dog walkers to be responsible and take their pets’ mess home with them after a large number of used poo bags were discovered on the island.

And after a number of mink sightings reported on the island, the meeting heard there was a trapping programme running.