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Heat is on

What a spell of weather we have had over the past week and more.

Knowing the Argyll climate, by the time you read this you might be sitting in a blizzard in front of the fire enjoying your paper but it was good while it lasted.

Welcome as it is, warm weather brings its own problems. Tinder dry undergrowth is at risk from fire, and waterways can be susceptible to algal bloom, which can be toxic.

The advice is not to go near non-running water with pets until the bloom clears and this is confirmed by the authorities.

Trash talk

Bins on pavements might hardly seem a major issue. The bins on Lochnell Street on collection days certainly are a problem.

Shopkeepers are looking to work with local residents and Argyll and Bute Council to come up with a sensible alternative.

Meanwhile, people using mobility scooters, children’s buggies, the elderly and everyone else using the pavement is forced onto a trunk road to get past these obstacles.

There must be a workable solution.