Call for improved mobile coverage on islands
HEAD of infrastructure at Argyll and Bute Council has written to the Westminster Government to raise concerns about the number of islands that are not included on a target list for mobile phone signal improvements.
Pippa Milne says she is concerned that not having the service puts the people who live in these areas at a disadvantage.
Tiree, Iona, Colonsay, Luing, Gigha, Lismore, Bute, Ulva and Kerrera are all missing from the government’s plan to improve mobile phone connectivity.
She said: ‘Communication links on these islands are crucial and more so in emergency situations.’
She continued: ‘Very few settlements [in Argyll] benefit from a 4G service and some lack reliable 2G coverage.’
She says it is vital that the main transport routes have mobile phone connectivity.