ARGYLL and Bute Council is considering closing the public toilets on Islay in a bid to save money.
The issue of the condition of the facilities was raised at the Islay Community Council, which resulted in Councillor Robin Currie revealing the proposed closures.
Councillor Currie previously raised the subject with the council and was told that the toilets in Port Ellen were among 36 in Argyll and Bute that could be closed.
If 36 toilets in the region were to close this would save the council £80,000 by 2020-2021.
❒ A WOMAN living on Islay has had her first book published at the age of 89.
Mary Knowles has released The Flora of Laphroaig - a pocket book filled with more than 100 original paintings of plants, alongside descriptions of each. Speaking to The Ileach online magazine, Mary said: ‘I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1928, an only child who suffered polio and had very little schooling until the age of eight.
‘Much of my time was spent in the company of my maternal grandfather, a retired wheelwright whose knowledge of wild plants was the start of a career and a lifelong interest.’
The book costs £7.50 and is available from shops on Islay or by emailing email@example.com