Cuan plagued by ‘slum­mi­ness’ and dog dirt

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THE North Cuan slip­way’s ‘slum­mi­ness’ could harm tourism on Seil and Lu­ing, Seil and Eas­dale Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard last week.

While prais­ing the ef­forts of ferry staff to keep the area clean, a North Cuan res­i­dent high­lighted sev­eral prob­lems with bins, dog foul­ing and road mark­ings which ‘con­trib­ute to a gen­eral air of slum­mi­ness, and can do noth­ing to pro­mote tourism in Ar­gyll and Bute’.

The res­i­dent said: ‘There is a need for re­newal of all road mark­ings at Cuan.

‘It is a won­der the bus driv­ers man­age to safely ma­noeu­vre and park, while vis­i­tors have no idea where they may park or wait, or where they should queue for the ferry.’

They wel­comed Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s pro­posal to pro­hibit park­ing at the ferry ter­mi­nal at North Cuan at the point where buses turn. The move is ex­pected to be com­pleted be­fore the busy tourist sea­son starts this spring.

The res­i­dent added that an­other is­sue was un­col­lected bins, say­ing: ‘The bins are taken by boat from Eas­dale to North Cuan to be emp­tied by the coun­cil refuse team. Res­i­dents of Cuan are al­ready un­happy about this ar­range­ment, as the bins can be left for many days, some­times weeks, and be­come very smelly in warm weather. We would not wel­come more bins.’

A coun­cil spokesper­son re­sponded to the com­plaint, say­ing that oc­ca­sion­ally, due to weather or sea con­di­tions, the con­trac­tor has been un­able to col­lect bins and drop them off at North Cuan, and so has fallen out of sync with the coun­cil’s bin col­lec­tion.

An­other ‘sore point’, the res­i­dent said, was North Cuan’s own ‘over­flow­ing’ re­cy­cling and refuse bins, ‘used mainly by peo­ple trav­el­ling from Lu­ing’.

They added: ‘I would like to see these bins re­moved. If peo­ple have crossed the ferry with their bot­tles and rub­bish, they can eas­ily carry on to Moleigh and leave North Cuan tidy.’

Fi­nally, the res­i­dent con­cluded, was Cuan’s prob­lem of dog foul­ing.

‘It is com­mon prac­tice for dogs to be let out of cars wait­ing at the slip­way, and I of­ten have to ne­go­ti­ate mul­ti­ple turds,’ they said.

‘I never go to the post box with­out watch­ing where I put my feet.’

The res­i­dent praised ferry staff for try­ing the keep the slip­way as clean as they could.

The coun­cil re­sponded: ‘Fail­ing to clean up af­ter your dog is not only un­ac­cept­able for ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity, it is il­le­gal.

‘Peo­ple who do not clean up their dog can be is­sued with an £ 80 fixed penalty no­tice and fail­ure to pay could re­sult in a fine up to £ 500.

‘We would en­cour­age any mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port dog foul­ing in their area and, if pos­si­ble, sup­ply in­for­ma­tion such as the per­son re­spon­si­ble, the type of dog in­volved and the time and place the per­son walks their dog.’

Prob­lems with the bins were high­lighted at the com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing.

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