Letters, September 17 2021


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Blue, blue bin day for Kintyre

The following poem was written after blue recycling bins were delivered to Kintyre residents in preparation for a new bin collection service starting in October. It comes after a controversial decision in February not to extend Kintyre Recycling Limited’s (KRL) kerbside collection contract which it fulfilled since 2006.

Oh blue bin, they’re bringing you in,
Council non-common sense did win,
We’ll be the same as all of Argyll,
And forget lost jobs and income in a while.

‘Great joy, blue bins,’ I hear some cheer,
Not knowing the loss, confusion and fear,
For those who’ve worked, been a team, gained pride,
Their welfare and value just thrown aside.

For years recycling’s met a need,
To retain the contract we’ve had to plead,
For its more than what goes in the bin,
Losing special needs jobs a sin.

And cost, I hear you say, will shrink,
But Islay’s farce should’ve made you think,
And comes at a cost to our Wee Toon,
With livelihoods lost far, far too soon.

How many jobs and 200 grand,
Lost from Kintyre, do you understand?
And support for folks with barriers to work,
But yer bins can be neatly collected by truck.

The case is closed, ruling councillors voted,
It seems morals and ethics demoted,
But sure as heck the price is high,
And we’ll find out in time with an FOI*.

Public servants, that’s a joke,
Care and compassion gone up in smoke,
For those affected my heart goes out,
It makes me want to rage and shout.

But this wee poem is all I’ve got,
To share my feelings, worth a shot,
Kintyre Recycling, you’ve done us proud,
Your huge achievements I’ll share out loud.

For 25 years, recycling tonnes,
And providing jobs for forgotten ones,
Making money from materials collected,
Creating benefit for an an area neglected.

So when blue wheelies take your place,
Remember, folks, the huge disgrace,
KRL’s great impact shines bright like the sun,
Heart-felt thanks to the team, for all you’ve done.

You’ve done us proud, the heroes you are,
Our community loss will leave such a scar,
I hope I’ve managed to share my woes,
As my verses and this chapter comes to a close.

*Freedom of Information requests have previously highlighted savings promised have actually resulted in cost increases.

Ailsa Clark, Campbeltown.

Blue recycling bins are being delivered to Kintyre residents.
Blue recycling bins are being delivered to Kintyre residents.

SNP’s lack of urgency over Rest solution

Now the Holyrood election is over and the SNP have been re-elected, they’ve obviously lost interest in solving the problems at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Before the election we had a cabinet minister at the A83 Task Force meetings promising action and launching a consultation on the preferred route. At the latest meeting we didn’t even get a junior minister – only civil servants.

The meeting was very disappointing. The consultation ended four months ago. Progress towards a permanent solution to the problems at the Rest and Be Thankful is moving at a snail’s pace. We were told it could be 2023 before the SNP even announce their preferred route.

The SNP don’t realise the urgency of finding a solution. It’s high time our MSPs actually did something to make a solution happen.

Councillor Alan Reid, Cowal.