Solutions to pathway through our rugby pitch
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.