Letters, October 22 2021

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Passing place markers needed on Carradale road

It was great to speak to my constituents in Carradale on my latest visit to the village last Saturday.

Many residents mentioned the need to cut the grass verges, especially at junctions, for safety reasons. I have contacted Argyll and Bute Council’s roads management about this on numerous occasions and will continue to do so.

I have also been in contact with East Kintyre Community Council about the state of signs at passing places in the area. There are roughly 80 passing places, some with no signs, some with old and badly deteriorated posts and some with new signs.

With the increase in use of many East Kintyre roads, it makes sense to have clearly marked passing places.

With more and more people working from home, fit-for-purpose broadband speeds and mobile phone coverage is not just a luxury, but an essential tool for day-to-day life. I have been lobbying BT Openreach and local and national governments for more digital investment in our rural ward.

I will continue to work day-in and day-out for our area, making sure voices in Kintyre and the islands are heard.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.

Breast Cancer Now warns of ‘loneliness legacy’

As a clinical nurse specialist on Breast Cancer Now’s helpline, I’m acutely aware of the shattering impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of people with breast cancer.

News of a diagnosis can be a lonely experience and the pandemic has, at times, exacerbated this, denying people the chance to be with loved ones.

We’ve seen a sharp rise in calls to our helpline and emails to our Ask Our Nurses service from people struggling emotionally. Many say the loneliness they’ve felt living with breast cancer during the pandemic has been the hardest emotional impact to cope with and that it has negatively impacted their mental health.

As many of us look ahead to a ‘new normal’ beyond the pandemic, we must acknowledge the loneliness legacy facing people who’ve lived with breast cancer through the pandemic and commit to addressing it.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to remind everyone affected by breast cancer that we’re always with you, in every way we can.

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, our online support services are one click away for anyone after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Whether you’re a younger woman, adjusting to life after treatment, or living with incurable secondary breast cancer, our tailored support provides a confidential, safe space to connect with others and access specialist information.

Find out more about Younger Women Together, Moving Forward, Someone Like Me, and Living With Secondary Breast Cancer at breastcancernow.org/online-services

Jane Murphy, Breast Cancer Now clinical nurse specialist.