Utilities

February 2008

Telecommunications: Broadband is now available in every part of the district except the southern part of Strathlachlan. It is hoped that the whole area will be covered within the next few years.

Sewage: Two new sewage treatment plants were installed by Scottish Water at Strachur Bay in 2005 and 2007. These serve much of the central Strachur area. There is an older treatment plant serving Midletters in Strathlachlan. Other parts of the district still rely on private systems.

Refuse: There is still a weekly refuse collection by Argyll and Bute Council. How much longer this will go on remains in doubt, as fortnightly collection is actively being considered in Cowal.

Recycling: There is a recycling depot for glass, plastic, cans and old clothes situated adjacent to the Memorial Hall. A doorstep uplift service is also available for plastic bottles and paper/cardboard by recycling group Fyne Futures. Part of Fyne Homes, the Bute-based housing association, Fyne Futures has a base on Bute and in Dunoon, and collects recycling materials as far as Strachur and Tighnabruaich in the Cowal peninsula, and throughout Bute.

Gas: There is no mains gas available in the district. LPG/ bottled gas are the only options.

Water: The district is served by mains water pumped from Loch Eck. There are some issues in the Leanach area of Strathlachlan with water pressure due to the height of the hamlet. There is concern that the frequency of supply failure will increase as more houses are built in the Strachur Bay area unless a local storage tank in installed.  Other residents complain about the smell of chlorine in the water, especially when the tap is first turned on.

Strategic Issues

Ability of current water supply to cope with future development is a concern, and particularly the Leanach water supply problem

Dealing with residual pollution outlets now that main sewage is operational.

Condition/maintenance of recycling site near Strachur Memorial Hall is a concern.

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