Poor broadband connectivity in parts of rural Argyll and Bute is continuing to badly impact on businesses and threaten the viability of remote and rural communities according to local Conservative representatives.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “Despite all the promises of progress on the roll-out of rural broadband I am continuing to be contacted by constituents, particularly in island communities like Mull, who are completely exasperated by continuing poor connectivity.
“This is not just a matter of inconvenience, it is causing some business-owners to actually consider whether their businesses are sustainable.
“The feeling is that now the Scottish elections are safely over, all the brave words of SNP politicians are being quietly forgotten and the pledges on progress cast aside.”
Mr Cameron’s sentiments have been echoed by members of Argyll and Bute Council who have also been contacted by constituents.
Councillor Sir Jamie McGrigor (Oban South and the Isles), Depute Policy Lead for Business for Argyll and Bute Council, and whose ward includes Mull, said: “I am seriously concerned at the implications for this non-delivery of a service which these days is absolutely crucial for anyone trying to run a business.
“How on earth can we attract young people and their families if we can’t offer such basic infrastructure?”
Councillor Andrew Vennard (Oban North and Lorn) added: “Rural depopulation is one of the major issues that the council is attempting to address but our efforts are undermined by poor quality infrastructure whether it is broadband, roads or the ferry service.
“These are all primarily the responsibility of the Scottish Government and its about time they put their shoulder to the wheel and started doing something about it. It’s certainly not due to any lack of resources. It just seems to be a lack of will or even interest.”