Island’s issues in the spotlight

Councillor Alastair Redman.

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Although progress has been made in resurfacing roads, repairing lay-bys and filling potholes on Jura more needs to be done throughout Kintyre and the Islands, according to one councillor.

Alastair Redman made the short crossing from his native Islay to neighbouring Jura for the island’s latest community council meeting, where the condition of the road was not the only issue on the agenda.

Cllr Redman said: ‘The question of a 30 to 20mph speed limit through Craighouse must be addressed as there are justifiable safety concerns particularly in regards to Jura’s primary school pupils.

‘There are a number of Jura’s street lights that are not working and the slow response in getting them repaired cannot be allowed to become a regular occurrence.’

Cllr Redman added that there needs to be ‘much more joined up thinking’ with regards to ferry and other transport links.

‘It goes without saying that the ferries and roads are vital lifelines to our island communities and any problems at all will hit local economic growth,’ he said.

Cllr Redman continued that throughout Kintyre and the Islands, the need for housing continues to be a pressing issue.

He said: ‘If we as a council are to properly encourage population growth in Argyll and Bute then housing must be made available in order to house the workers of our growing rural industries.’

Cllr Redman on the Jura ferry. NO_c01jura01

Cllr Redman wants to see ‘much more joined up thinking’ with regards to Jura’s ferry and other transport links. NO_c01jura02

Jura Distillery is a major part of Jura’s economy. NO_c01jura03

Cllr Redman wants to encourage population growth in rural communities like Jura. NO_c01jura04

More housing is required to cater for workers in growing rural industries, according to Cllr Redman. NO_c01jura05