Toi­lets, street­lights, sewage

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS - Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Isle of Is­lay.

Sir, I have been work­ing hard to ad­dress is­sues raised by my con­stituents. I am still re­ceiv­ing many jus­ti­fi­able com­plaints about the ter­ri­ble con­di­tion of Manse­field Road in Port Ellen and the hospi­tal road in Bow­more.

With long over­due road works go­ing on across Is­lay and the rest of the Kintyre and Is­lands ward, it’s only fair th­ese roads are not ig­nored.

The poor con­di­tion of the Bruich­lad­dich toi­lets con­tin­ues to be raised by lo­cal res­i­dents.

Since con­tact­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate de­part­ment I have been in­formed re­pairs and main­te­nance are planned for them.

While check­ing on the progress of pot­hole re­pairs I had pre­vi­ously re­quested, I no­ticed some of the re­cent street light re­pairs leave a lot to be de­sired.

While a quick fix is bet­ter than noth­ing, many of th­ese short-term fixes need to be looked at again.

I have been speak­ing to the BT Open­reach staff across Is­lay who are ex­pand­ing our is­land's in­ter­net ca­pa­bil­i­ties. I have con­tacted BT to make sure re­cent is­sues with phone lines in some lo­cal house­holds are not a re­sult of the broad­band up­grades.

There has been progress with lo­cal hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions af­ter point­ing out many of their ten­ants are hav­ing trou­ble with mould in their hous­ing. Mea­sures are now be­ing im­ple­mented to to rec­tify the prob­lem.

I was happy to hear Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has fixed gate latches on four of its houses at Cnoc Na Faire in Port Ellen af­ter I raised this with them a few weeks ago.

I met with en­vi­ron­ment, de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee mem­ber coun­cil­lor Gary Mul­vaney about Kintyre and Is­lands’ crumbling in­fra­struc­ture, along­side our grow­ing in­dus­trial out­put with the suc­cess of dis­til­leries on Is­lay and Jura.

Later that day I spoke di­rectly to my con­stituents in Tar­bert af­ter a num­ber of lo­cals – some busi­ness own­ers – con­tacted me about the re­cent flood of sewage on Har­bour Street as a re­sult of blocked drains.

Scot­tish Wa­ter were com­ing un­der fire from lo­cals be­cause of its slow progress on the mat­ter.

I made my anger about the poor con­di­tions in Tar­bert very clear when I con­tacted Scot­tish Wa­ter. A long-term so­lu­tion to needs to be put in place.

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