Letters, December 31 2021

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Thanks for supporting cat rescue

We at Campbeltown Cat Rescue would like to thank all the individuals and businesses who have supported us over the last year.

Once again in 2021, we had to cancel our coffee morning and raffle, our biggest annual fundraising events, but the community has continued to support our work by making cash donations, adding food to our collection points and donating to our collection cans in local shops.

In spite of the disruptions caused by Covid, we continue to help cats find new homes and have been doing a lot of work out and about in the wider community.

This includes dealing with a stray epidemic in a Kintyre village and nearby island, where we helped neuter a large number of cats, and these issues are ongoing.

And with large monthly vet bills, we are very appreciative of all the donations which allow us to continue our work. Every penny counts!

Thanks again and happy new year.

The Campbeltown Cat Rescue committee.

Zero net carbon and recycling

I have been following the reports from Argyll and Bute Council regarding its intention of becoming a net zero council in the not-too-distant future.

Then the Campbeltown Courier of December 17 reported that our landfill waste will not be able to be processed within our area.

It is in the interest of the everyone to reduce the amount of landfill waste and to increase the amount of recycled waste in Argyll and Bute.

This, in my opinion, begs the question of why the recent roll-out of blue bins in Kintyre is restricted to households only?

Places such as golf clubs, bowling clubs, caravan parks, popular beaches for picnics/walking plus the many hospitality venues are by their very nature high volume plastic/cardboard venues.

Yet they were not given these bins.

Businesses already pay for the removal of waste, therefore providing blue bins will result in them removing recycling items, with less going into the green bins and therefore landfill.

The downside is the initial cost of providing these bins plus the increased amount of recycling being collected, however on the plus side is: LESS GOING TO LANDFILL – reducing the cost of transporting it and paying for it to be processed; and MORE RECYCLING – helping the intended net zero target.

I have therefore asked that this subject be discussed at a council meeting.

Linda Brannigan, Southend.

Please get Covid booster vaccine

I got my Covid booster jab recently; a huge thanks to all of our hardworking NHS staff and volunteers involved.

I would encourage everyone to get their booster jab when they get a chance.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.