Letters, August 27 2021


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Paltry pension increase ‘an insult’

Anyone turning 80 years old in the near future shouldn’t hold their breath for much of a state pension increase.

As I approach my big birthday, I have been informed I will receive just 25p more per week. That won’t buy me a couple of slices of bread or a pint of milk. I couldn’t even buy half a second class stamp with it.

I have worked all my life – including more than 30 years for the NHS – until 15 years ago and this is my reward.

I’ve never felt more insulted; it’s worse than a slap in the face. Quite frankly, it’s a disgrace.

Rachel S Grant, Carradale.

Dump’s rubbish opening hours

I write in frustration at the recent difficulties I experienced while trying to dispose of some rubbish at the Roading waste disposal site in Campbeltown.

Having to travel into town from the east road, I filled my boot and left with plenty of time to spare in an attempt to catch the dump before it closed – according to the opening hours posted on Argyll and Bute Council’s website – but found it closed.

With no opening hours on the gate, I went home and tried to call the refuse number advertised on the council website to ask the opening hours but got no reply.

I travelled in again the following morning about 9.30am in the hope of catching it open but found it closed again, with a sign saying the skips were being emptied. I went back about 20 minutes later and it was still the same.

I attempted it later in the day, just after 5pm, and it was again shut.

If people cannot get through on the phone to find out the opening hours, and the times published online aren’t correct, surely a sign on the gate would make a lot of sense?

It is most frustrating when you get your car loaded up with rubbish but can’t dispose of it for days.

Name and address supplied.

Overflowing bins during busy tourist season

As we enjoy one of our busiest tourist seasons ever, it is important that our amenities keep up with demand as a number of bins in Kintyre and the islands are unfortunately overflowing.

I have been in contact with our roads department and I have been working with fellow councillors and our hard-working community councils to fix this problem.

The waste receptacles across Argyll and Bute are emptied as part of the ongoing ‘staycation’ plans and many situations of overflowing bins have since been resolved after I have brought them to the attention of the roads management.

I am very happy that our council is recognising that we need more resources during the busy times of the year.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.