The latest Seileachan is now available as a PDF – just click the image to view or download.
This issue is being sent out earlier than usual (no April lottery results, sorry!) by email to all the addresses we have. Remember, the link on the right is to a PDF – you can print it and put a physical copy through a letterbox if you have a neighbour who cannot access it electronically.
Seil & Easdale Community Council Newsletter
Vol. 24 No. 2 www.seil.oban.ws March 2020
This issue is being sent out earlier than usual (no April lottery results, sorry!) by email to all the addresses we could accrue, data protection or no. It will also be available on the relevant, local, facebook groups. Clearly, deliveries could not be made house-to-house as usual. A few paper copies are being made available for inclusion in selected deliveries from the shop; not everyone has access to email or the internet. Please forward this to anyone you think may not have received a copy and apologies in advance for any cross-postings. Silver lining – a month off for our hard-working distributors!
The Seil & Easdale Community Council (CC) has its own facebook page, which will help with communication with the wider community.
EMAIL CONTACT FOR CC
COMMUNITY COUNCIL (CC) REPORT MARCH
Remember, help is available – whether you need urgent supplies, prescriptions delivered or would just like a friendly chat. Zim Knight is co-ordinating the team of volunteers and can be contacted via the Seil & Easdale Community Council Facebook page which is updated regularly and includes latest information from the Surgery. Or for those not online please call Julie Ferris 300090 or Anne Foster 300025 and we will get help to you.
Be safe – 99.9% of people are doing a brilliant job supporting each other. Sadly, a very tiny minority will see this as an opportunity to exploit the situation. Stay alert for internet or phone scammers and if anything causes you concern report it to the Police on 101.
There will be no blue bin collections during the lockdown. Flatten your recycling and store it somewhere. Green bin collection is to continue on schedule, as far as possible. The amenity site at Moleigh is closed. Many thanks to the crews for maintaining this vital service at such a difficult time.
OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
The speed with which all our lives have changed since the agenda for the 24 March meeting was initially published is incredible. That meeting was, of course, cancelled so here is an update on the information we would have reported.
SCOTTISH WATER PLANNING APPLICATION
Still awaiting decision.
BUS SERVICE ELLENABEICH
Due to pressure of work and COVID-19, Argyll & Bute were unable to complete agreed works by 1 April to ensure the 418 public service bus would continue to meet the licence conditions as stipulated by Scotland Transport. This Monday (23 March) Seafari agreed to immediately undertake, on behalf of Argyll & Bute, all works necessary to ensure the public service bus could continue to turn at the former Highland Arts.
SEED FOR LIFE
Seed for Life is an Argyll-based charity. As well as supporting a sustainable food aid programme feeding 1,400 schoolchildren in Bemvu, Malawi, we are funding 25 pupils through four years of secondary education. Education can lead to better paid jobs and break the traditional cycle of poverty. Funding the scholarships is by donation and costs £70 per pupil per year. If you would consider sponsoring a scholar or making any donation please make a direct payment to Seed for Life SCIO (sort code 83-26-04, account 00259439) or ask for a sponsorship form from George Hannah (chair) Gerry Foster (treasurer) or Dave Alsop (project manager).
First, many thanks to Nick Bowles for setting up and maintaining the Community website, seil.oban.ws for the past 17 years.
As Community Councillors we receive far too much information to post on our Facebook page, mostly from Argyll & Bute, often involving consultations or surveys. We will try and post anything urgent and the Secretary maintains a mailing list to distribute information, but we cannot inform everyone of everything that could be relevant to them. Please be aware that you can subscribe to the Council’s “Keep in the Loop” service to get notifications about council activities that affect you. Full details in the banner to the website: argyll-bute.gov.uk
The community website, seil.oban.ws, has been re-purposed as a central hub to give the community a one-stop shop for information and local news during the Covid-19 crisis, including important information about contacting the surgery and collecting prescriptions, and reduced bus timetables.
* Ferries to Easdale Island and Luing are for their residents and key workers only.
Please ring the disabled bell outside the shop. There is a box outside, at the top of the steps, for you to put your shopping list in, plus cash/card. Go back to your car, and your shopping will be returned to you.
The shop now has fresh granary loaves (large and small), individual granary rolls and lemon & sultana scones, all baked by the Puffer on Easdale Island. Please add to your orders from Wendy, in advance.
SEIL SURVIVAL GROUP
A facebook group page has been set up as a place to offer or request help and support for those isolating in our community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592525280885673/
The Seileachan has received an unusual request from someone living Staffordshire who would like to correspond by letter or email with someone on Seil. Please contact the editor if you are interested in taking this any further.
SEIL ISLAND HALL
The hall is closed for all events, meetings and club/group activities until further notice. The playpark is also closed. The playing field is still available for walking and general play, but the usual social distancing must be adhered to and no more than two in a group. The goal posts are out of service.
March Lottery winners
£50 Caroline Morgan
£10 Wendy Dugdale, Geordie Lawson. James Fenton
FOOTPATHS & SEA ACCESS
If any of those involved in the Forward Planning exercises which identified community priorities has suggestions for taking issues forward, please let the Community Council know.
ROAD SAFETY ON SEIL
We had hoped to open a discussion about road safety at the public meeting. To recap:
The CC purchased the road safety signs with the intention that they would be moved occasionally, since people tend not to notice things once they’ve got used to them. Concerns were expressed about the safety of children waiting for the school bus at Clachan Seil, which is why the CC decided to move the signs there for a while. For whatever reason, someone then decided to move them overnight to the Bridge.
Somehow, we need to make driving without due care for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users as socially unacceptable as it now is to drink and drive. Driving at a safe speed is certainly a key element, but so is leaving a safe distance when passing pedestrians and bikes and generally driving with consideration for others.
At our next public meeting, which hopefully is not too far away, please come and share your ideas and suggestions for making our roads safer for everyone.
Things we’ve considered so far: signs that flash your speed when you pass; stickers such as ‘Slow Down,’ ‘Watch your Speed’ for wheely bins etc; information leaflets on safe driving on single track roads. We continue to value the support from PC MacLeod and will discuss all enforcement/monitoring options available.
ROADS AND BRIDGES
Argyll & Bute resources are obviously stretched given the current situation, but we can all continue to report any concerns via their website.
We continue to update the plan to conform with the Argyll & Bute format – but current events show how effective our community is in pulling together in a crisis.
All applications can be viewed on the Argyll & Bute website.
DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING: to be confirmed!