Islay townships plunged into darkness

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An Islay councillor has received numerous complaints about street lighting problems.

Councillor Alastair Redman said: ‘While putting out my latest survey in Port Ellen and Bowmore I was able to look into numerous complaints about potholes, littering, social housing condition and street lighting faults.

‘The largest number of complaints have been about street lighting.

‘From single faults effecting just one light to whole sections being out.

‘In Port-Ellen from Charlotte Street to the Maltings there are no functioning lights.

‘The same problem has occurred in Port-Wemyss right across Shore Street.

‘Having whole streets without proper lighting is very unsafe and I will keep pressing our council to get our street lights fixed.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council’s roads and amenity department said: ‘We are currently gearing up for a large-scale programme of lighting work on Islay.

‘It should start towards the end of September and last for about six weeks.

‘During that time, all additional faults will be picked up and repaired.’