Ask the pub­lic for cost-sav­ing ideas

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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.

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