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Never mind the rain


We have finally got all the tidying of gazebos, sandbags, police cones and paperwork done.

Duncan, Kerry and I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who, despite atrocious weather, came out and supported Tarbert Seafood Festival.

There are too many people to thank individually for the tremendous support – you all know who you are.

We have to single out our wonderful queen Jacquelyn and her princesses Beth and Robyn, who smiled through all the rain. Well done girls,you were amazing throughout.

Until next year.

Margaret MacNeill, Tarbert.


Just fix the playpark

So the council, in its wisdom have removed yet another piece of play equipment from the play area at the Front Green in Lochgilphead.

I have no doubt the reasons will be many and varied but ‘health and safety’ spring to mind.

Despite Lochgilphead being home to the administrative centre for Argyll and Bute Council, we really are the poor relation.

I understand a new play area was on the cards until a magical £3m regeneration pot appeared and scuppered the plans.

Why? This is a much-needed facility for residents and visitors.
The people responsible at Argyll and Bute Council should hang their heads in shame, denying the town this very well used resource.

I know there will be value for money, health and safety, meetings and taking things to local area committees until a decision is made, as is its policy and procedure for such things.

May I suggest the council gets its finger out and just gets it done.
Enough is enough.

A very angry granny,

Name and address supplied.

Don’t cull gulls


During the summer, there are always alarmist stories of gulls ‘attacking’ people – which inevitably lead to calls to cull them.

The holiday period coincides with the birds’ breeding season and, being such fierce defenders of their offspring, the birds may occasionally become aggressive to see off any perceived threat to their nest and children.

These ‘attacks’ are usually exaggerated by the media and rare.

To cull wild animals for protecting their babies is nothing short of ludicrous.

Despite this, if gulls are causing issues, there are a number of effective, humane methods that can be used to discourage birds from nesting on flat roofs or chimneys or from rummaging in our rubbish.

We should show tolerance to these birds, not least because they are just being good parents, and six of the seven gull species are in decline.

Tod Bradbury, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent.

Ardrishaig Gala thanks


Mid Argyll Pipe Band would like offer thanks to a number of companies and individuals for helping make this year’s Ardrishaig Gala such a resounding success.

We would like to acknowledge the support of DA MacDonald Contractors, MacLeod Construction Ltd, Colin Brolly Forestry Ltd, G MacNaughton and Son, The Grey Gull, Rumblin’ Tum, AM Transport, Travis Perkins, Jewson, McColls Ardrishaig and J Law, Keystore.

Thanks to Bryan Crawford for organising the football match and donating the silverware – well done to the old boys – as well as to everyone involved with the Friday night disco.

The hard work of all band members and parents as well as the ladies in the North Hall providing teas and baking is also much appreciated.

Special mention must go to the hard-working bar staff at our gala dance –  Michael, Pop, Calum and Robert. A brilliant night was had by everyone, capping off a great weekend for Ardrishaig.

Mid Argyll Pipe Band committee.

‘Error’ leads to Crinan rubbish heap

The Argyllshire Advertiser was contacted last week by users of the Scottish Canals car park at Crinan, concerned at the quantity and smell of rubbish left piled up against rubbish bins.

One Advertiser reader commented on Wednesday last week: ‘It’s pretty unsightly for people using the canal and the car park and it is beginning to stink as well. It’s not great considering they charge folk to park beside the refuse.’

Within a few days, however, the overflowing litter had been cleared.

A spokesperson for Scottish Canals said: ‘An error on the part of our waste collector resulted in the bins at Crinan Basin being emptied later than usual which caused a build-up of rubbish.

‘Our supplier has now cleared the area and we have taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.’


Overflowing bins at the Crinan car park last Tuesday. no_a31CrinanBins02

A week later, it is all gone. 06_a31CrinanBins03