District News, September 17 2021

Bowmore is to benefit from £3 million in water network improvements.
Bowmore is to benefit from £3 million in water network improvements.

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WEST KINTYRE:

Residents can apply for wind farm funding

Applications are currently being invited for grants from this year’s second round of funding from the West Kintyre Community Council Wind Farm Trust.

Grants may be available for capital or revenue funding to support projects, groups, halls, charities and churches within the West Kintyre Community Council area, ranging from Whitehouse in the north to Kilkenzie in the south.

Advice, details and application forms are available from the group’s convener, Margaret Pratt, by emailing margaretpratt@btinternet.com

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday September 30.

The disbursement meeting will take place Monday October 18 virtually or in person because of the Covid-19 pandemic; a decision on which will be made nearer the time.

ISLAY:

‘Long overdue’ water improvements to begin in Bowmore

A £3 million Scottish Water improvement project to upgrade the water network in Bowmore, Islay, has been brought to life through an interactive virtual platform.

Work is due to get underway on Monday October 11 to replace almost four miles of water main on many streets across the town to help prevent bursts on the network.

Now, customers and visitors planning to travel to the island can access information about the project via the Bowmore Water Mains Improvement Project.

Virtually, they can meet the project team, watch video fly-throughs showing the project scope and ask any questions about the work.

The project, to replace ageing infrastructure, will be delivered in phases by McFadyens Contractors from Campbeltown and is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

Traffic management, which may include temporary traffic lights, will be in place as required as the works progress across the town. All traffic management will be agreed in liaison with Argyll and Bute Council.

‘Some of the water mains serving our customers in Bowmore are over 100 years old now and there have been a number of bursts on the network,’ said Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager for the west.

‘This major upgrade work is vital to add resilience to the water network for the future and help reduce the chance of pipes bursting.

‘We would like to thank our customers and visitors to Islay for their patience while we deliver this important water main improvement project.’

The latest traffic management information, and links to take the virtual tour, can be found at www.scottishwater.co.uk/Bowmore

Kintyre and the Islands councillor Alastair Redman, who lives on Islay, said: ‘This is very welcome news indeed and is long overdue.

‘My constituents in Bowmore have been saying to me for some time that their water network was in need of upgrading.

‘These works, alongside improvements to pavements and roads in the area which will take place after Scottish Water has done its work, will send a clear message that our island’s infrastructure is future-proofed for growth.’

JURA:

Sound of Jura citizen science project is spot on

The people of Argyll have been asked to play their part in vital conservation work in the Sound of Jura.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is seeking help in its efforts to protect the critically-endangered flapper skate that inhabit the waters from Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura.

This Marine Protected Area is the focus for a study of the fish which hopes to lead to a better understanding of their movements which are thought to be very long ranging.

In order that the skate are offered the right protection in the right areas, marine managers want to build a catalogue listing individual fish and their travels.

To identify each fish their unique spot patterns are recorded, and it is this capacity to recognise each fish that SAMS is seeking help with.

A citizen science project called Skatespotter has been designed to create an online database of flapper skate in Scotland.

Anyone interested in helping with this conservation work will be asked to match photos of the fish by recognising each individual’s spot patterns.

Like a game of spot the difference, this task requires patience, attention to detail, but most of all, plenty of people to do the matching.

To find out more and sign up to help visit https://skatespotter.sams.ac.uk