Ask the public for cost-saving ideas
Sir, I am surprised that it has taken so long for the residents of Argyll and Bute, including the Oban area, to discover that a three-weekly general waste collection service is to be implemented by the council ( The Oban
Times, July 7). I have known since March 16 and had a letter published in the Ileach (Islay community newspaper) on March 19. Surprisingly, none of the
Ileach readers passed a comment in its next edition.
There are numerous ways Argyll and Bute councillors can save money such as switching off the street lights, apart from the main roads, from midnight until 5am.
Councillors could also greatly reduce their expenses if their meetings were held by video conferencing, which large private companies have used for years. There is no need to clean public toilets at the weekends, especially outwith the main holiday season.
What we need are brain-storming meetings throughout the whole of Argyll and Bute at which members of the public (councillors excluded) can put forward suggestions to save money.
Incidentally, the residents of East Kintyre are still receiving a weekly uplift of their general waste bins and, in my opinion, should paying a surcharge on their council tax for this superior service.
Douglas W Tott, Stoneyburn, Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay.