Plan for new seaweed farm on agenda

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Plans for a seaweed farm were among items discussed at Seil and Easdale Community Council’s latest meeting.

More details for the farm, on the old fish farm site at Easdale Island, will emerge after a meeting between former resident Duncan Small from and interested parties soon, community councillors were told via Zoom last Tuesday.

Jenni Minto MSP is due to host a meeting tomorrow, February 4, with Scottish Water and others on progress on the island’s waste water treatment. Planning permission for a septic tank for Seaview residents has also been renewed.

Seil Island Hall committee is considering putting up a security camera to catch dog owners falling foul of rules to keep the playing field mess free. Winterton Road in Balvicar also continues to experience problems with dog dirt, as are other road verges across the island.

There are plans to plant more trees at Clachan Farm and the search goes on for ideas on where to put a new memorial bench in Ellenabeich and for an editor to take on the community’s monthly newsletter.

Residents were remined to keep sheds and garages secure after an attempted break in on the island was reported to police.

And there is nothing new to add to progress on a community buy-out of plots of land in heritage village Ellenabeich – including the seawall.

Community council convenor Zim Knight told the meeting Argyll and Bute planners were continuing to ‘drag their feet’ in referring associated matters to Historic Scotland so the community council could be sure it would not be landed with a big liability.

‘We are chasing them,’ he said. ‘We have everything in place to start negotiating to buy the land but we need them [Argyll and Bute Council] to refer it to Historic Scotland first.

Zoom sessions are likely to continue for a while yet, running alongside in-person community council meetings. The next meeting will be at 6.30pm on Tuesday March 22 at Seil Island Hall.