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Mull councillors plan to put more pressure on Argyll and Bute Council to give a financial contribution for the island’s existing ranger service.
This month’s community council meeting heard from councillor Jamie McGrigor that as yet no allocation of money had been given to Mull & Iona Community Trust (MICT) towards the cost of its rangers.
MICT had previously asked the local authority if it could have money rather than a physical share in the ranger it is proposing to employ to cover the whole of the Oban, Lorn and Isles area.
It was argued that one ranger would spend more time travelling on ferries between the mainland and the islands than actually managing the tourist hot spots.
Councillor McGrigor said: ‘We were hoping there would be a financial contribution rather than a physical person but from what I can gather there no allocation of any of the wardens. There seems to be an ad-hoc basis that they will go wherever they are needed. There’s going to be four wardens for Argyll and Bute, one for the Oban, Lorn and Isles area. It’s not very good new but they have not said no to a financial contribution yet.’
Councillor Mary Jean Devon said it would be ‘common sense’ for a contribution to be made and suggested Mull’s councillors meet with officials soon ‘to put pressure on.’
Road-surfacing work in the Fionnphort and Bunnessan area is due to start from today May 20 for one week. Equipment is taking up carpark space in both villages.
Speeding vehicles and campervans passing through Dervaig on their way to Calgary beach are clogging up the village and causing concern among residents. It was suggested villagers set up a committee to discuss their worries before organising a meeting with Argyll and Bute Council to take it further.
Plans to decant pupils from Salen Primary School to Tobermory High School during a major refurbishment are continuing, as are concerns about the state of the high school building – although work on the roof, decorating and other upgrade works are ongoing.
Chairman of Tobermory High School Parent Council Neil Hutton reported the state of the school would never come off the agenda and the phrase ‘sticking plaster’ when talking about repairs had been used more than once in discussions.
He added: ‘We understand Tobermory would be at or near the top of any major school investment by Argyll and Bute, however there is no funding in place or planned. Until the council resolves to raise the funds, discussing what to build or where is of limited value.’
Vaccinations on Mull are progressing well, community councillors heard, with 60 to 65-year-olds now getting their second jabs.
Take up has been very good, reported Duncan Swinbanks, who also said feedback from the community was that people are being very sensible and still wearing masks in shops.
‘It’s not been as busy as people thought it would be as yet, but business is building up,’ he added.