Letters, May 6 2022

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Inveraray public toilet complaint

If the past couple of years has taught us anything, it is the importance of cleanliness and hygiene.

Is it possible to expect such standards with the toilets, where we spend a penny out in public, to be kept clean too?

While not every single type of bacteria is going to be harmful to the health of those using public toilets, there is still a level of risk to health, particularly when public toilets are not cleaned regularly or thoroughly or at all.

I am aware of council cutbacks, but there is a high level of tourists and people wanting to explore or staycation within Scotland.

Maybe a hazmat suit should be provided before entering the public toilet at Inveraray Pier.

Joanne McKenzie, Campbeltown.

Help with connection costs

The Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust is inviting applications for funding support to connect to the electricity distribution network in the north of Scotland.

The trust considers applications for support with the cost of connecting to the electricity network for individual homeowners and community groups with charitable status in the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) licence area.

The trust can support up to 75 per cent of the cost of connections for successful community projects and up to 50 per cent of the cost for individuals to meet the costs of a new domestic connection.

As a charity, the trust is required to means test applications for domestic connections.

The next application round closes on Tuesday May 17, with future applications being considered by trustees on a quarterly basis.

The trust was initially set up to help those facing challenges connecting to the electricity network, particularly in some of our more rural mainland and island communities, so we’re delighted to continue providing this vital support to individuals and community groups more than 20 years later.

Visit www.shect.org for more information or to apply online.

David Telford, chairman, Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust.

Be safe around water

Water Safety Scotland, in partnership with Education Scotland, has launched its first instalment of free water safety educational resources for schools and practitioners in Scotland.

Committed to reducing accidental drowning deaths in Scotland by 50 per cent by 2026, Water Safety Scotland introduced the initiative to provide a consistent level of learning across Scotland to equip Scottish youth with the knowledge and skills required to reduce water-based accidents.

Starting from children aged three, it will instruct and inform young people up to the age of 18 and has been endorsed by a wealth of supporting partner agencies.

Scheduled for a staggered release over the next nine months, the first set of lessons was released on April 26.

Focusing on the third/fourth level within the five tiers of the Scottish curriculum, it can be accessed via Education Scotland’s National Hub or through the Water Safety Scotland website.

Linked to Water Safety Scotland’s Water Safety Code, which was created to help people enjoy Scotland’s waterways as safely as possible, it follows three key pieces of advice:

•    Stop and think, spot the dangers

•    Stay together, stay close

•    In an emergency, call 999

Laura Erskine, Water Safety Scotland education subgroup chairperson.