Letter: Islay councillor in Tarbert

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Sir,

Tarbert’s drainage issues  persist as do justifiable demands to have both Scottish Water and Argyll and Bute Council to sort this matter out properly.

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

This is unacceptable and I will once again contact Scottish Water and press for a speedy resolution that ensures minimum disruption.

Housing needs in Tarbert are mentioned to myself particularly among younger members of my ward.

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.

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’s rampant throughout our social

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 the difficulties in getting even basic repairs done.

I feel the attitude of housing association management will need to change in dealing with complaints from their tenants.

Otherwise it’s likely social housing problems and challenges will grow.

People are rightfully asking for action and not excuses and I’m more than happy to keep pressing for instant action not lengthy delays.

Alastair Redman,

Portnahaven,

Islay.