Islay repairs are below par, says Redman

Excessive weedkilling by the council overshot the mark, says councillor Alastair Redman.

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Excessive use of weedkiller by council workers on a grassy patch used by by Islay footballers has overshot the goal.

Kintyre and Islands councillor Alastair Redman took the complaint to Argyll and Bute Council’s roads department after people living at Cnoc-na-Faire in the village of Port Ellen raised concerns.

Weedkilling has damaged areas of the green area, destroying some of the grass and Councillor Redman said he was disappointed to be told the council has no intention of reseeding it.

Councillor Redman said the area well-maintained and litter free by people living near it was now left with ‘messy’ edges that were out-of-keeping with the otherwise tidy area.

In a response the council said it was customary for operatives to spray in a band in such an area as it impedes the encroachment of weeds.

‘We will not be reseeding this area as we have followed our procedures,’ it said.

Councillor Redman also contacted the roads department about ‘a great deal of damaged street lighting’ he spotted during his visit to Cnoc-na-Faire.

‘After contacting our hard-working roads department through member services, I was pleased to hear back from them so promptly. I was also delighted that many repairs had taken place. However I was very disappointed that some of the repairs that had been done were, in the opinion of many of my local constituents, rather subpar.

A panel with holes in it has been stuck with tape as a repair to damaged street lighting on Islay which is ‘subpar’ says Councillor Alastair Redman.

‘One street light that had a missing access panel when I reported the issue now has an access panel that has been attached, however the only problem is that it has a large hole in it with numerous cables exposed to the elements,’ he said.

And said he was worried it could be a danger to children.

‘While our roads department and it’s hardworking front line workers are at times between a rock and hard place when having to deal with an increasing workload with limited resources, I think on this occasion we could do better,’ he said.