The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

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 pe­ter­

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