Letters, August 20 2021

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Floral display transforms town

Many thanks to Alastair Anderson of Argyll and Bute Council and everyone else involved in the absolutely wonderful display of flowers in the centre of Campbeltown this year. It really transforms the town.

Jane Gallagher, Campbeltown.

Meeting proposal for councillor

In response to Councillor John Armour’s letter in the Friday July 23 edition of the Campbeltown Courier, I wish to raise with the elected councillor for South Kintyre the point regarding his engagement with Kintyre’s community councils.

I cannot make reference to the councillor’s attendance record at either Southend or West Kintyre community council meetings but I can for East Kintyre Community Council.

By my recollection, Councillor Armour was re-elected, unopposed, for South Kintyre – a ward that incorporates Saddell, Ballochgair, Peninver, Smerby and many small-holdings and farms between them – in May 2017.

Four years and likely a figure in the region of 40 East Kintyre Community Council public meetings later, I do not recall Councillor John Armour ever being in attendance! Not once!

Now that is a shocking record for an elected public servant.

Here’s a proposal for you, Councillor Armour: East Kintyre Community Council’s next public meeting, at Peninver Village Hall, is scheduled for 7pm Thursday September 2 2021; you have the opportunity to increase your attendance record by 100 per cent and I will even put the kettle on – tea or coffee, councillor?

Tommy Macpherson, Saddell.

Paws to Listen for Cats Protection

With National Grief Awareness Day on August 30, I’d like to highlight Cats Protection’s grief support service for cat owners.

Now in its fifth year, Paws to Listen is there for anyone facing the heartbreak of losing their cat, struggling with issues like euthanasia, or whose cat has gone missing.

It is a free and confidential service, connecting callers with a volunteer listener over the telephone or via email.

Pet loss is not always fully recognised in society as a significant loss, causing many to be reluctant to talk about their grief.

Additionally, Covid restrictions in the past year or so have often meant that people could not be with their pets at the point of euthanasia, which has compounded people’s grief.

We feel it is important to normalise pet grief and let people know they’re not alone and it’s OK to talk about it.

This year, our Paws to Listen service is being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to them for their continued support, which is also helping us to take care of cats at our centres and speak up for cats through our campaigning work.

The Paws to Listen phone line is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and can be reached on 0800 024 94 94.

Alternatively, people can get in touch via an online form at www.cats.org.uk/grief

Catherine Joyce, Paws to Listen team leader, Cats Protection.