Letters, August 13 2021

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New Saddell bus shelter

A new bus shelter with direct curb access for Saddell has been installed.

This was a project that started with an email and two photographs in my role as an East Kintyre Community Councillor in October 2018 which came to fruition last week.

Essential works and repairs, budget constraints and Covid-19 all played a delaying hand.

Acknowledgment and thanks to Mid Argyll and Kintyre officers at Argyll and Bute Council, West Coast Motors operations and fellow East Kintyre community councillors.

We got there folks. Next stop Carradale Surgery bus shelter.

Tommy Macpherson, Saddell.

Public toilets a disgrace

The public toilets at Bolgam Street are, indeed, a disgrace, Campbeltown Courier, July 30.

However, in an age of instant information, it appears to have been forgotten that the toilets in Aqualibrium were designated public toilets by Argyll and Bute Council soon after it opened.

liveArgyll has also ‘forgotten’ this fact because when I went to use them they were blocked off.

Jane Cowen, Tarbert.

Make community shared ownership mandatory

Love them or loath them, Kintyre already has a number of windfarms and more are anticipated in the future if planning approval is granted.

The Scottish Government promotes community shared ownership (CSO) of windfarms, but more predatory and ruthless developers are refusing to consider CSO or community benefits (CB) as it is voluntary.

The risk for residents is that if one developer fails to offer CB and CSO others will follow suit, and current windfarm operators may withdraw from the schemes already in place as there is no legal means of challenging decisions.

A petition has been lodged with the Scottish Government – PE1885: Make offering Community Shared Ownership mandatory for all windfarm development planning proposals, collecting signature at petitions.parliament.scot/petitions/PE1885 until August 19 – so local communities do not miss out on valuable funding opportunities that will assist the progression of their local development plans and other grants.

The loss of funding, with ever reducing budget cuts at county council level, will have a detrimental impact on local lifeline services and resources.

For example, the windfarm trust in East Kintyre has made contributions towards Shopper-Aide, Kintyre Food Bank, the ‘pay what you can screenings’ at the Campbeltown Picture House as well as maintenance for The Kintyre Way and grants for community groups and facilities.

Karen Murphy, Carradale.