Letter: Islay in darkness

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Myself and Councillor Alastair Redman have some concerns about the impact new street lighting could have on an historic Islay village.

We are concerned that the installation of new streetlights, mounted on metal lamp-posts, could detract from the appearance of some roads in Port Charlotte, which is a designated conservation area. The new lights would replace wall-mounted lights and could, residents fear, make a significant impact on the character of the area.

A number of residents have been in contact about this matter as they fear that the introduction of these lights, which are really more suited to an urban setting, are inappropriate to their village.

I think it is incumbent on the council to show some regard to their concerns as local people are, rightly, proud of their architectural heritage and do not want to see it compromised by the insensitive implementation of a policy which is not appropriate for their community.

I would urge them to look again at this issue.

Donald Cameron MSP,
Highlands and Islands.