District News, June 25 2021

Recycling bins have been removed in Port Charlotte – but the village's primary school is set for a £450,000 makeover.

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Fly-tipping sees Islay recycling bins removed

Recycling bins on Islay have been removed because of fly-tippers.

Council officials decided to take the bins, which were on private land, away from Port Charlotte because of the volume of complaints they received about other rubbish being dumped next to them.

The council has told Islay councillor Alastair Redman that it will not be looking at putting them back.

Councillor Redman said: ‘It’s baffling that our council will make it harder for people to recycle on Islay as a result of a few bad apples fly-tipping. If fly-tipping happens at other sites, will more of our recycling bins be taken away?’

He added: ‘We should be encouraging people to recycle and taking away public recycling points is a step in the wrong direction.’


Island primary schools set for million pound makeovers

Two island primary schools are to undergo refurbishments worth a combined £1,750,000.

The contracts for the works at Salen and Port Charlotte primary schools have been awarded to two Argyll and Bute companies.

TSL Contractors Ltd will carry out the £1.3 million project at Salen Primary School on Mull, while MacLeod Construction Ltd will be undertaking the £450,000 project at Islay’s Port Charlotte Primary School.

The work is being carried out as part of Argyll and Bute Council’s commitment to deliver 1,140 hours each year of early learning and childcare and will see extensions added to both schools as well as internal improvements to the existing school buildings.

‘We are putting a massive investment into our school estate to ensure our children and young people have a first class learning environment,’ said Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, the council’s policy lead for education.

‘I’m delighted that the contracts have been awarded to two well-known companies and I look forward to seeing the projects come alive over the next few months.’

Councillor Alasdair Redman, policy lead for commercial services, added: ‘Not only will the refurbishments benefit pupils who already attend these schools, they will enable people to see the great teaching and learning opportunities we have in the area and hopefully encourage more families to move to Argyll and Bute.

‘It’s also great that two Argyll businesses have been awarded the contracts for the work, helping to support them and their staff, and build up the economy.’


Professor recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Mid Argyll’s Professor Rose Marie Parr has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to pharmacy and pharmaceutical education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021.

Professor Parr, who lives in Cairnbaan, became chief pharmaceutical officer (CPO) for Scotland in 2015 following periods of service in the NHS and in various Scottish universities.

Professor Rose Marie Parr is to receive an OBE.

She was described by former Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman as ‘an exemplary CPO who has provided consistent leadership and made a significant and valuable contribution’.

A delighted Professor Parr said: ‘For me it is all about recognition of the pharmacy profession and the fantastic patient services that both community and hospital pharmacy teams deliver to the people of the communities we serve.

‘A huge thank you to all of the pharmacies that have fantastically delivered over the pandemic and saved lives. It’s pharmaceutical care and kindness in our community.’