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POTHOLES

Worst road 
in the region?

I know all the region’s roads have been bad for potholes but the Wood of Cree to Minnigaff road from the Clachaneasy straight is 
awful. This road is signposted for tourists accessing the rspb Wood of Cree nature reserve, holiday cottages in this area, home-owners and by cyclists from Glentrool.

I first reported potholes on this road from August last year and again in February this year but to no avail. I know residents who stay on this road have been complaining on a regular basis.

At the beginning of March the council resurfaced the small stretch between the Clachaneasy turning and the humpback bridge and then a small section over the other side of the bridge.

At the end of February or beginning of March someone at the local authority put up a sign at this turning saying D&G Council resurfacing was to start soon. Needless to say, it has now been up for three months but no further work has been done. (Some kind local has now written on the sign asking when.)

If someone hits these on a bike, they will have a serious accident.

Jonathan Haley.

Insurance

Flood cover deal to end

The long-standing agreement between the UK government and the insurance industry to subsidise insurance for homes and businesses in high flood-risk areas will come to an end in a matter of weeks.

Following protracted negotiations, action appears to have stalled, making the prospect of homeowners in flood-prone areas having to pay vastly inflated premiums more likely. The deadlock over subsidising insurance for households in high-risk areas will not just affect insurance premiums and claims – it will also impact the ability to secure a mortgage, reselling and ultimately the value of the property.

Flooding in the UK has steadily worsened and the Environment Agency expects 350,000 more properties to be at significant risk of flooding by 2035. As flood risk worsens, insurance could become unaffordable for many unless the government and insurance industry finds a workable solution to the current talks.

The uncertainty over the future of flood insurance highlights the need for consumers to be more informed about flooding. Flood risk should be assessed at an early stage of property transactions. Rapid and cost-effective flood-risk reports are available across the UK which feature an assessment of the likelihood of insurance premiums being available at standard terms. For existing property owners concerned about being refused cover or the impact on their insurance premiums, it may also help to accurately assessing your property’s flood risk in advance of contacting insurers.

Chris Loaring,

Commercial Manager, 
Argyll Environmental.

RURAL Life

Life is good 
in Sorbie

I’m glad that Andree Davies has become sick of complaining, because, yes, we do read her letters regularly in the Gazette 
(Letters, The Galloway 
Gazette, June 14).

But some of us think that (a) Sorbie has quite a good, reliable bus service during the daytime – indeed, much better than some other villages (have you ever been on a bus?); (b) unemployment among the young is a nationwide problem, not a Sorbie speciality; and (c) empty houses are found all over the land now.

And in what way is our shop and post office not functioning properly? Are we not very lucky to still have a post office and a shop? I think they are giving us a great service!

That our electricity supply cuts off constantly, day and night, as Ms Davies says, is just not true. The whole region suffered during the few days of heavy snow in March and we helped each other out, as is normal and quite nice, I would think.

In fact, the things she complains about are all things you might well expect when you move to a small rural village.

I, for one, am happy here and grateful for what we’ve still got … and I manage to use the internet!

Name and address 
supplied.

Tourism

Lack of facilities

Welcome to Galloway. Please bring a large flask of liquid refreshment, a well-stocked sandwich box, midge-proof ointment, 
waterproof clothing, a 
picnic rug, parking money to leave your car in our forests … and you’ve arrived.

F Porter,

New Galloway.

Politics

No threat 
to business

George Osborne has attempted to claim that businesses are being put off investing in Scotland by the prospect of independence.

Strange, then, that the latest Ernst and Young UK Attractiveness Survey – published recently – shows that once again Scotland turned in a “sparkling” performance in the market for Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) during 2012. The report concludes that the possibility of independence is not deterring investors – “if anything, the reverse appears to be true”.

This is further proof that Scotland has got what it takes to be a fairer and more prosperous country. As part of the UK, Scotland is at the bottom of the wealth distribution league, according to UK government figures which also show that the UK is the fourth most unequal country in the world thanks to Westminster policies.

The Ernst and Young report explains that in 2012, Scotland saw more jobs created from inward investment than the 11 other nations and regions of the UK.

This survey is yet another “no” campaign myth which has been well and truly buried. The Ernst and Young report could not be clearer: “The possibility of independence and its potential knock-on impacts on areas such as corporate taxation appear to be having little effect on FDI decisions.” There’s certainly no sign of investors being deterred from coming to Scotland.

Peter Jeal,

Newton Stewart.