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A community in Northern Spain wants to twin up with Seil.

The idea will be put to islanders to see if they want to go ahead with the unofficial twinning.

Trabada town in Galicia comes under the Celtic belt of nations due to its culture and history and has a number of similarities to Seil – including a heritage centre it has just opened. It also has bagpipes.

Seil and Easdale Community Councillor Zim Knight said at the latest meeting on Zoom that information about the possible arrangement would go on social media so islanders can have a say.

Concerns continue on Easdale over ferry cover when paramedics and ambulances are needed because some of the ferry workers do not live on the island.

There has also been calls to reopen the ferry shed on the island now that winter is arriving, but Covid is still a concern. The shed is unique in that waiting passengers and ferry staff share the same space. If the two on-duty ferry workers caught Covid then half of the service’s staff would be impacted. The community council is looking into the issue and will report back.

Talks over the land sale at heritage village Ellenabeich are still on going between the community council and the landowning family and their agent.

There could be a move to transfer the land to the community council but there are certain areas such as the quarries and also the sea wall that needs repairs and could be risky to take on. Clarification of ownership on some parcels of the land sale also still need to be carried out. Funding and grant sources to back any purchase are being looked at.

Historic Environment Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council are involved.

‘It’s still much work in progress but we do seem to be making progress,’  said Mr Knight.

Covid booster jabs on the islands should be imminent and over-65s summoned to Seil Hall for their flu jabs this month are being asked to turn up at their allotted times. If that is not possible people should still go along to the hall when they are able. They should not ring the GP surgery to try and rearrange.

Volunteers are needed to help repair benches at Ellenabeich. The seating needs concrete to shore up their bases and helpers are also being sought to fix and paint a deteriorating bus shelter on the island.

Good news is that repairs are being carried out on the island’s road. The latest repairs were on Kilninver hill where a stretch of the route has been resurfaced. People are being urged to keep reporting road faults to the council.

Knotweed continues to be a worry for Seil as does the issue of broken signs, rusty abandoned trailers in the seafront council-owned car park at Ellenabeich and lack of a bin there.

The next CC meeting will be on Tuesday November 23. A Zoom link, unless the meeting is scheduled for Easdale Hall, will go up on the CC’s Facebook page.