It was great to be back on Isle of Gigha for yet another successful surgery.
I heard directly from the hard working Gigha ferry crew about the challenges facing the Isle. I also spoke to business owners as-well as many other locals over the course of my visit.
Once again the lack of any proper bus ferry transport link up has been brought to my attention. This is something I strongly agree with. If we are to encourage tourism and over all business growth on the Island then joined up transport links are a must.
Other issues mentioned included high roadside verges leading to roads being flooded, BT cabling not being properly buried and being left exposed at the side of roads, slow internet speed, poor mobile phone signal along with many other issues.
There has been some good progress with road repairs with many of the potholes that I had reported to our council's roads department being now fixed. However there is still more that needs to be done for Gigha's roads. Also some of the much needed and long overdue association housing repairs have taken place but only after much pressure from tenants and myself and even then the wait was unacceptably long.
The sight of more and more of our Union flags on display each time I visit Gigha is fantastic. It's great to see such open displays of patriotism growing across Argyll and Scotland.
As I said after my previous surgery to the Isle of Gigha I will work tirelessly to make sure Gigha and the rest of the Kintyre and Islands ward is not sidelined as it has been in the past.
Cllr Alastair Redman