Waste concerns raised by MSP and Councillor

Two local elected representatives have warned that problems with waste and litter are upsetting communities in parts of Argyll and Bute.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “I am continuing to receive reports of antisocial behaviour in some areas which has included human waste being left behind, possibly by wild campers.

“As well as being exceedingly unpleasant for local people, this unacceptable behaviour represents a health risk.

“The tiny minority who are responsible should remember that these areas, however remote they may seem, are home and workplaces for local people and must be respected.”

Councillor Alastair Redman (Kintyre and the Islands Ward) said he was dismayed by reports he had received after attending a meeting of Jura Community Council by video-link.

“The Council is doing what it can to provide facilities for visitors who are increasing in numbers and are very welcome so long as they act responsibly.

“So it was incredibly disappointing to hear of the upset that is being caused on Jura by the actions of some people who seem to think they can act in ways they wouldn’t dream of back home.

“The Scottish Government, which is responsible for managing the relaxation of the regulations, really has to work harder with councils like ours, to ensure that the pent-up demand for people getting away to the Highlands and Islands does not lead to undesirable consequences for local people.”

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