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Argyll and Bute Council sent out engineers to inspect the ferry slip before sea wall repairs were carried out, Seil and Easdale Community Council heard at its latest meeting.

But concerns about the impact winter storms will have on the islands’ breakwater continue.

Community council convener Zim Knight told the meeting: ‘We continue to chase and are using all means possible to find a solution before winter storms. I am informed this is under consideration, with no firm time scale or plans yet.’

More complaints have been received, from residents and the council, about the use of bins on Easdale. The bins are for personal use and are not commercial bins to dispose of building waste, the meeting was told.

‘Folk are complaining the bins are always full of commercial waste, leaving little room for household waste. This is then taken over to Ellenabeich and fills up the tourist bins or the recycling bins at the hall.

‘The other day, one of the recycling bins at the hall was overflowing and various letters and addresses were blowing about the car park clearly showing names and addresses for Easdale residents when the litter was picked and placed in an adjacent empty bin.

‘Please bear this in mind. With identity fraud on the rise, you may wish to remove your names and addresses before discarding post. The council may also undertake a radical review or relocation of the bins if the commercial waste continues to be placed in them rather than taken to the dump,’ said Mr Knight.

It was asked whether a skip could be obtained once a year to remove large items from the island. Feasibility and a cost will now be looked at.

The meeting heard a decision is still to come on the proposed collective leadership plan to form cluster groups of schools.

Easdale GP surgery is gearing up for flu jabs and Covid boosters in the autumn which are likely to be given at Seil Hall.

Jenni Minto MSP will meet community councillors on August 15 and host an open surgery at Seil Island Hall after 2.30pm on the day for anyone wanting to raise issues with her.

Police had nothing to report to the meeting.

Planning items highlighted included a change of use of farm outbuilding to two self-catering holiday units and installation of a sewage treatment plant at Balvicar Farm.

The proposed demolition of The Bothy Achnaclach at Clachan Seil and replacing it with a new house was also mentioned as was the intended felling of a 2.5m common ash tree at Caolas, Ellenabeich, and planned changes and extensions to turn two houses into three at Tigh An Clachan, Clachan Seil.

The community council thanked Ellenabeich resident Wendy Bruce for her kind donation of £20 towards the fuel for cutting the grass on the green and paths.

Concerns were raised about ragwort growing on Easdale and the decision to cancel the island’s 2022 World Stone Skimming Championships was noted.

Seil’s Biodiversity Group has been offered global funding to help preserve several areas of rain forest on the island. A meeting will be organised soon to inform residents about it.

Plans are ongoing to organise a coastal clean-up and water safety workshop as part of a half-term activity for youngsters in October.

The next community council meeting will be on September 27 at 6.30pm at Seil Island Hall.

Caption: Easdale harbour overlooking to Seil
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