Cuan plagued by ‘slumminess’ and dog dirt
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.