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Sir, The lo­cal drainage is­sues con­tinue to per­sist in Tar­bert, as do jus­ti­fi­able de­mands to have both Scot­tish Wa­ter and our lo­cal coun­cil sort this mat­ter out prop­erly.

As traf­fic to and from our is­lands con­tin­ues to grow, the com­merce it gen­er­ates in Tar­bert will add to the de­mands on lo­cal busi­nesses.

Func­tion­ing drainage is the bare min­i­mum of what we ex­pect to have in a mod­ern in­dus­tri­alised na­tion yet (as ever) lo­cal com­plaints seem to go un­heard by the ur­ban-cen­tric Scot­tish Wa­ter man­age­ment.

Frankly, this is un­ac­cept­able and I will once again con­tact Scot­tish Wa­ter and press for a speedy res­o­lu­tion that en­sures min­i­mum

dis­rup­tion to lo­cal busi­nesses. Hous­ing needs in Tar­bert are men­tioned to my­self time and time again, par­tic­u­larly among my younger con­stituents. While the planned handful of hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion new builds are wel­come, they should be con­sid­ered the be­gin­ning of new de­vel­op­ment, not the end. As well as the need for new houses the poor con­di­tion of ex­ist­ing so­cial hous­ing can­not be ig­nored any longer.

Sadly, mould prob­lems as a re­sult of damp walls and un­fixed roofs, doors and win­dows seem to be the rule rather than the ex­cep­tion. This is not just a prob­lem in Tar­bert, but it is ram­pant through­out our so­cial hous­ing stock in ev­ery cor­ner of my coun­cil ward. Ob­vi­ously there are huge health risks to liv­ing in hous­ing with se­vere mould is­sues, par­tic­u­larly for the very young and the el­derly.

As a so­cial hous­ing ten­ant my­self, I know all too well the dif­fi­cul­ties in get­ting even ba­sic re­pairs done and I strongly feel the at­ti­tude of hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion man­age­ment will need to change in deal­ing with com­plaints from their ten­ants. Oth­er­wise it is very likely so­cial hous­ing prob­lems and chal­lenges will grow.

My con­stituents are right­fully ask­ing for ac­tion and not ex­cuses, and I’m more than happy to keep press­ing for in­stant ac­tion, not de­lays. Coun­cil­lor Alas­tair Red­man.

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