Letter: Tarbert iCentre concerns

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Sir,

In Tarbert I am still hearing justifiable anger about Visit Scotland’s plan to close Tarbert’s iCentre.

This will not only effect those directly employed at the iCentres but may also have a negative effect on the employment created through tourism.

I will continue to offer full support to the Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust in its talks to ask for an asset handover and take over the iCentre building.

There is also a need for more social housing to be built in Tarbert.

I am pushing housing associations to act and build houses where they are needed.

Not just with large scale developments in towns but with more smaller builds in villages and hamlets across the Kintyre and Islands ward.

Living in social housing myself I know, all too well, the challenges in persuading housing associations to act on any complaints.

Budgets are limited and  front line housing association staff can only do as they are instructed from central management.

I would remind the management of some of our housing associations that hodgepodge repair work with sealant and paint is not even a adequate short term solution to rotten door and window frames.

Many of my constituents feel that their current housing is not meeting that standard.

I will keep pressing our housing associations for long term repair work to be done across my ward.

Please keep me informed about any l issues I ought to be investigating Whether it’s by letter, email, phone or post.

Councillor Alastair Redman,

Portnahaven,

Islay.