Toilets, streetlights, sewage
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.