So­lu­tions to path­way through our rugby pitch

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Over the past few days I have been an­swer­ing emails and phone calls from con­cerned con­stituents about the re­cent build­ing work in Bow­more which has seen a foot­path be­ing built over one side of Bow­more’s rugby pitch.

I had a meet­ing with the Is­lay rugby team and heard di­rectly about their con­cerns. I have also con­tacted Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s plan­ning de­part­ment nu­mer­ous times and, on Septem­ber 27, I spoke in per­son with James Macin­tyre of Ma­cLeod Con­struc­tion Ltd and made my views very clear on this mat­ter.

The po­ten­tial new 3G pitch and foot­path are much needed and more than wel­come. That said, there have clearly been large fail­ings in the con­sul­ta­tion process and this must not hap­pen in fu­ture.

In or­der to find the best way for­ward, Ma­cLeod will need to move rugby posts to new po­si­tions, us­ing new sleeves and with an Is­lay rugby pres­ence dur­ing the op­er­a­tion. Lev­el­ling off of the west side of the pitch must be car­ried out us­ing good soil with a view to ex­tend­ing the level pitch by sev­eral me­ters. Ma­te­rial for a rye­lock fence should be pro­vided by Ma­cLeod and/or oth­ers, and per­mis­sions given for con­struc­tion of a stan­dard fence.

This should make the ex­tended area as near dog-free as pos­si­ble and solve the se­ri­ous foul­ing prob­lem, which un­for­tu­nately con­tin­ues to ex­ist.

I would also state that re­gard­less of how many of my fel­low Ileachs feel about where this path­way has been built and the lack of proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the hard work­ing front-line staff of Ma­cleod Builders are only fol­low­ing or­ders from their man­age­ment and any hos­til­ity di­rected to­wards them is as un­help­ful as it is un­fair.

If these changes and ad­di­tions to the build­ing works are made, all par­ties will be happy and Is­lay will have a ter­rific rugby pitch, Bow­more lo­cals will have a new foot­path and Is­lay can hope­fully look for­ward to the prospect of a won­der­ful new 3G pitch in the fu­ture.

De­spite the up­set caused by this is­sue, it has been great to hear from so many of my con­stituents and I look for­ward to con­tinue help­ing out my lo­cal ward in fu­ture mat­ters when­ever they hap­pen. Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man, Is­lay.

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