Letters – week 05

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ACHA response to Councillor Redman

Sir,

I would like to take the opportunity to challenge the assertion by Councillor Alastair Redman in the January 18 edition of Argyllshire Advertiser that (Argyll Community Housing Association) ACHA must build properties in the small towns and villages of Argyll, not just the large towns.

ACHA has built 168 new homes in villages and small towns in Argyll, out of 366 new build completions. That is 46 per cent. I think any fair analysis would suggest that is a pretty high proportion.

I am working on the assumption that Councillor Redman has read the most recent Strategic Housing Investment Plan produced by Argyll and Bute Council. In it you will see ACHA is building, or just about to start on site, in North Connel, Connel, Kilmartin, Garelochhead, Cairnbaan, Tarbert and Inveraray, amounting to 36 new homes.  In addition to the above, ACHA is carrying out feasibility studies to build an additional 40 units in Bowmore, North Connel and Keills. As recently as October 4, 2018, Councillor Redman attended ACHA’s opening of 20 new homes at Bowmore on Islay and thanked the association for providing homes for his constituents.

Hopefully the above shows your readers that ACHA is playing its part in new build housing provision throughout rural Argyll. I would, of course, also like to mention that this could only have been possible with the support of the Scottish Government and the current administration of Argyll and Bute Council, which Councillor Redman is part of.

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive at Argyll Community Housing Association

Councillor Horn response to Councillor Redman

Sir,

I read with interest the letter from Councillor Redman in the Argyllshire Advertiser of Friday January 18.

He writes concerning the lack of affordable rented family accommodation in Tarbert – something I have actively campaigned for since being elected, as did former Councillor John McAlpine.

I am sure Councillor Redman will be glad to acknowledge the support from the Scottish Government in agreeing the maximum level of assistance for the development of the site in Tarbert to allow the project to be developed.

There will be a request to Argyll and Bute Council Community Services Committee in April for the balance of funds and I look forward to having Councillor Redman support me in my endeavour to bring much needed accommodation to the village.

Councillor Anne Horn

Long waits for lights

Sir,

I have been back in Kilmory recently and spoke to Councillor Roddy McCuish, policy lead for roads and amenity services, about the slow repairs of damaged street lighting in my ward, along with that fact that when repairs do finally take place some of the work seems unfinished with electrical cables being joined from the tops of lamp posts rather than being put underground.

Blacked out streets and and year-long waits for quick fix repair work will do little to quell my constituent’s justifiable concerns over their level of service from our council.

Speed and quality of repairs must be improved in the future.

Councillor Alastair Redman

Call up of Army Reservists

Sir,

Are your readers aware that the Westminster UK Government’s management of Brexit has resulted in legislation (Written statement – HCWS1254) for the call up of army reservists to support the regular army ‘to mitigate the potential immediate impacts of leaving the EU, under a no-deal scenario, might have on the welfare, health and security of UK citizens and economic stability of the UK’. This will take effect on February 10.

This may seem a benign measure to support emergency measures after a no deal Brexit. But the statement that a ‘particularly important role may be the planned reinforcement of Regional Points of Command’ could mean very important decisions about essential supplies – food, fuel and medicines – would be made by unelected officers for all of Argyll and Bute.

We have to ask what kind of government would bring about this state of affairs in peacetime.

Tricia Grey, Lochgilphead

Maureen Beaton, Jess Grant, Robert Millar, Elaine Mackenzie, Cecilia Rees, John Rees, Gillian Vionot, Jean-Michel Voinot, Michael Watts, Wilma Watts.

Rubbish at Claonaig car park

Sir,

The recycling centre at Claonaig ferry car park is a disgusting, unhygienic mess of discarded rubbish.

Would the responsible party, whether it is CalMac or Argyll and Bute Council, kindly make arrangements to clear it up and do so on a regular basis?

Peter Jensen, Tigh an Abhainn, Skipness