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The Courier would like to point out that a leader comment about non-seagull proof street litter bins was not intended to discriminate against the boating community.
Last Wednesday, anyone could have put a white pedal bin bag, containing food waste, sunscreen packaging and two wine bottles into a council litter bin on Kinloch Road, opposite the Royal Hotel, which is the nearest street bin to the pontoon ramp.
There are separate bins for sailors using the pontoons and these are signposted near the entry and exit gate.
Since the Courier’s comment, the Kinloch Road bin has been moved about 20 yards along the road. It has been placed next to a bench just beyond the pedestrian crossing point and almost opposite Victoria Hall.
Many litter bins are full by midday, particularly those on the Esplanade and on the paths near the Aqualibrium.
A member of Campbeltown Community Council said, at a recent meeting: ‘The bins along the footway from the bus stand to the Aqualibrium, past the MacKinnon memorial, are not being regularly emptied and often have things tied on the outside.’
Recently, with a sum of £12,000 from the Tesco bags scheme, the community council bought a seagull-proof bin as part of its seafront improvement scheme.
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘Keeping Argyll and Bute beautiful is important to us and we know that is a view shared by residents and visitors.
‘We encourage them to help keep our towns and villages clean by ensuring they put rubbish into the bins correctly to discourage seagulls from pulling waste out.’
Councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘The council has cut the frontline staff to the bone and, as a result, the town has never been so untidy.
‘This has to be addressed as a matter of urgency. It is essential that sufficient bins are made available and serviced, especially at this time of year.
‘I have asked for a meeting with senior management in attempt resolve these basic issues.’