Time to put is­lan­ders ahead of visi­tors

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir,

In re­cent weeks I’ve heard re­ports of a wa­ter short­age on South Uist – ac­cord­ing to Scot­tish Wa­ter.

How can there be a short­age when it rains al­most all-year-round here? It’s more likely the wa­ter is not man­aged prop­erly, specif­i­cally by hav­ing it stored in reser­voirs.

Would a hy­dro scheme in South Uist’s He­cla/ Ben Mor area not be a wise in­vest­ment for is­land res­i­dents?

This would com­bine wa­ter man­age­ment with a power sup­ply.

This would be a more log­i­cal use of funds than the £10 mil­lion re­cently spent at Lochbois­dale for a ma­rina which will only ben­e­fit a few dur­ing a brief tourist sea­son.

I re­cently spoke with a vis­i­tor us­ing the ma­rina who was look­ing for a gro­cery shop. He was sur­prised to learn no pro­vi­sion had been made for any sup­port­ing in­fras­truc­ture, such as trans­port or shop­ping that would serve lo­cals as well as visi­tors.

A hy­dro scheme would greatly ben­e­fit this area which has to pay more for its elec­tric­ity than any­where else in the UK. Too much money has been wasted on projects that do not serve is­lan­ders. The time has come to put is­lan­ders ahead of visi­tors, and that in­cludes Cal Mac, be­cause in my book char­ity be­gins at home.

An­gus Camp­bell, Gar­ry­na­monie, South Uist.

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