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DEAR DIARY !

New Year 2017

A very Happy New Year to all our readers of this website.

Take Care and Stay safe

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

A chilly start to the New Year!  A pink mooring buoy recovered from the Foreshore has been tied to the post by the Haakon Bar.

The Litter totals for 2016 are as follows:

Kyleakin Village amounts to a total of 218 bags of Litter, with 28 bags from other areas as 26 bags of Litter from Uig Woods (Woodland Trust) and 2 bags from the burn under the Sligachan Hotel.

Additionally, 383 bags of Dog Poo were collected around Kyleakin, which is well down on last years' total!

Sunday, 22nd January 2017

Sadly this month we have already collected over 60 bags of Dog Poo in Kyleakin alone.  Please pick up after your dog and avoid an £80 Fine.

The persons that thought smashing glasses in the Play Park last week should think again.  The area has been cleared after KEG were contacted by a local resident.

Sunday, 29th January 2017

It is sad to see that so many Dog Owners are choosing to NOT pick up after their dog has 'done its business, ie had a poo'.

It's no good blaming the tourists - we haven't got any!  Can we remind Dog Owners that it is their duty as a Dog Owner to pick up 'after their dog' in a public place.  Both the Police and The Highland Council can impose £80 Fines.

The worst areas affected in Kyleakin are from the Footpath to the Old Telescope, the northern grassed verge along Kyleside to the Haakon Bar and The Corran.

And please don't let your dog shit in the Play Park or on the Sports Ground.  Thank you.

KEG pick up Litter and Dog Poo all year, not just during the Spring/Summer (Tourist months).  To date we've picked up 101 bags of Dog Poo for this month alone!

Thursday, 9th February 2017

The National Trust for Scotland & Plantlife Scotland are holding a series of Walks & Talks around the Celtic 'Rainforests' at Balmacara.

For further information see our NEWS pages.

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

KEG asked the Community Council for help in purchasing Poo Bags that fitted onto our Poo Picker as the ones that THC had provided didn't.  Unfortunately, despite having provided the CC with a box of 2,000 bags (that don't fit) they were not interested.

So, as of today, KEG will NOT be picking up Dog Mess in the Village.  Can we remind Dog Owners/Dog Walkers that it is their duty as a Dog Owner/Dog Walker to pick up 'after their dog' in a public place.  Both the Police and The Highland Council can impose £80 Fines.

Unfortunately KEG cannot continue with this voluntary service due to funding constraints.  Litter Picking, however, is not affected and will continue.

Friday, 3rd March 2017

We were saddened to hear today of the sudden and tragic death of Stuart Ashton who was the Secretary of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his Family and fellow Team Members at this time.

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

For the marine buffs out there, the large blue landing craft at anchor near the Causeway on the Skye Bridge is the "Forth Guardian" which is rated as a cargo vessel.

Thursday, 30th March 2017

KEG received a box of 500 Dog Poo Bags from a very kind member of THC who drove all the way down from Caithness with them, so Dog Poo picking can continue for a while at least.

The large piece of machinery adjacent to the former CalMac Slipway is not for extracting gold!  It is in fact the aggregrate crusher from the Quarry, although there are some trial adits across the Kyle for Gold and Silver - but we're not telling you where!

Thursday, 20th April 2017

We heard this morning from a local fisherman called Bally that someone had been interfering with his creels, ostensibly to 'cut free birds'.  At least, I think he said 'birds'?

Well that's a new one to KEG.  However if you do see anyone damaging creels or interfering with the Lifesaving equipment, including the AED's please contact the Police on Tel. 101.

Saturday / Sunday 22nd - 23rd April 2017

Obviously high jinks in the Haakon on Friday night as one of the carved wooden 'hand' seats had sailed over the wall from the Pub to the Foreshore!

A vessel nameplate was noted in the Harbour, unfortunately after Litter Picking was finished the tide had covered it and it had gone by Sunday morning.

Interesting sight of a car wrapped up in plastic on Sunday morning outside Cameron's - someone's birthday or a novel way of preventing car crime?

The Works at Kyleakin Quarry are really going along at a smacking pace, with the Workers Housing nearly completed.  The 'thump - thump' thing heard from the depths of the Quarry are two pile drivers.

And yes, we know about the 15+ Dog Poos by the Bus Stop on the Brae and will be attending to that soon.  There are even two on the northern verge of the A87 opposite the Lighting Shop!

Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Actually, it turned out to be more than 15+!  Fifty-six (56) bags of Dog Poo cleared from the Village including thirty-two (32) from Kyle House Brae and Kyle Farm Road to the entrance to Hill of the Red Fox.

Caravan noted parked in Forestry lay-by.

Simon Upton (from Lochaline area) has finally moved his yacht, the "Chrisala".

The Marine Harvest sponsored event this evening was well attended and gave us all a chance to meet and speak to the various Companies involved in constructing the various parts of the new Feed Plant at Kyleakin Quarry.  KEG will be putting up a new page (in layman's terms!) about the site, in due course.

Meanwhile if you look under 'Suppliers' on our LINKS page - the Marine Harvest info is all there.

We have a report, as yet unconfirmed, that the local bus No. 55 has been withdrawn from service until June.

Thursday, 27th April 2017

Further to information received from a local resident yesterday regarding the loss of local bus services, KEG contacted Stagecoach at Portree this morning and it was confirmed that Service No. 55 has been withdrawn from service indefinitely.

It is interesting to note that Stagecoach invested thousands of pounds investing in new coaches for the Inverness run and automated timetable equipment in Bus Shelters, none of which worked until this morning, yet they can’t provide a much needed local service.  Citylink  buses aren’t cheap and taxis are even more expensive.

Stagecoach have set up their Timetables and Fare structure to deal with tourists who basically want to go from ‘a - b’ but not for local residents who simply want to go shopping in Kyle or the Medical Centre and/or the Hospital in Broadford.*

(* Kyleakin used to have a satellite GP Surgery which was part of the Broadford practice and when it closed down, all patients were automatically moved to Broadford Medical Centre.  Ironically, the Kyle Medical Centre, which is nearer, won‘t accept any new patients from Kyleakin!)

If you would like to complain about the loss of our local services then you can do so by contacting Cllr. Hamish Fraser (our local Councillor) via The Highland Council

CATHY REID, KYLEAKIIN

Sadly ths evening  Cathy Reid (aged 94) and of this Village passed away peacefully at the Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford.

An inspiation to all she was a wonderful Mum to all who knew her.

Cathy, you will be sadly missed.  God Bless Lass.

 

 

 




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