[Update - new photograph at foot] There are downsides to the idyll of island life. The photographs here demonstrate a matter of concern to Argyll and Bute Council planning and enforcement staff.
Environmental health officers have also visited the site recently.
Andrew Barrie, Planning and Enforcement Officer for Oban, Lorn and the Isles is, with a colleague, to meet in October with the Chair of Eilean Eisdeal Trust, the community development group for the quirky and individualist Slate Isle of Easdale.
The agenda centres on the fly tipping on the Trust’s land, an eyesore with possible environmental hazards.
The scene in the photograph above includes the scene in the top photograph at its farthest extremity and shows the total continuum of this dumping.
In the opening of the container above (also shown below with its contents) is an adult male, setting the scale of the container
This abusive mess impacts seriously on the amenity of the island which, in its entirety, is a conservation area.
Fly tipping is forbidden in a conservation area, whether or not the landowner has given permission – and it is inconceivable that the Eilean Eisdeal Trust would have done this.
The Trust has a specific concern for the island’s lifestyle and its clean environment – it proposes an island wind turbine – which is philosophically a million miles from fly tipping.
On the mainland, rural areas suffer the pestilence of townsfolk feeling entitled to drive and dump their personal or industrial detritus; and to camp wherever they like and walk away from what they choose to leave behind them.
On Easdale, a small island minutes off and with only a small open passenger boat as ferry, this stuff cannot have been covertly boated across to the island and left there.
Much of it is not even domestic but fairly large scale industrial waste. It cannot therefore have been left behind by camping visitors.
Whether one lives on the mainland, in an urban or a rural environment – or on an island – one has a responsibility for the environment, for the quality of a shared lifestyle and for shared amenity.
There has clearly been a failure of personal responsibility on Easdale in this matter.
[Update] This waste seems clearly to have been moved from within the island. We have seen correspondence from 2010 between an islander and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency [SEPA] on concerns about old asbestos roofing that vanished but was not apparently taken off the island. We understand that SEPA took no action n the matter.
It is a pity it has been necessary for the council’s enforcement staff to have to become active in its resolution.
Note: The photographs above date from May this year but we are tod that 80& of this detritus remains in place and includes all of the big stuff, including the fuel containers (labelled ‘Brogan Fuels’ in the photograph immediately above) which may or may not have been used.