Letter: Islay roads and ferries

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I have been out and about Islay in the past week speaking to my constituents, visiting local businesses and monitoring the roads department’s progress with road repairs.

Unfortunately CalMac management’s handling of our ferry service is taking it’s toll on many Islay businesses that depend heavily of Islay’s growing tourist trade.

We simply cannot allow CalMac to continue to make the same errors every year without consequences.

I have been unimpressed with our roads department management’s sluggish response to a large number of complaints about the plague of potholes scattered across Islay.

There are many roads that have some potholes marked to be filled while others remain unmarked despite, in many cases, being side by side.

This scattershot approach to pothole repairs is as random as it is ineffective.

We need to see a more long term resurfacing solution to our local roads with less short term, random and piecemeal patchwork.

Alastair Redman,