Time to put islanders ahead of visitors
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.