An issue that irritates many in Helensburgh is the large number of unreadable street signs.

I have brought this to the attention of the council on several occasions and at a meeting with the chief executive, Pippa Milne, in June both Councillor Ian MacQuire and myself raised it with her.

She reassured us she would look into it and get round to resolving this issue once and for all.

I attended the University of the Highlands and Islands open day at their centre in Kirkmichael in June.

I was shown around the centre and talked with staff and the manager. They offer a wide range of further education courses from Degree level to HNC both online and face to face.

If you are a student still unsure about what course to pursue, pop along to the centre at Buchanan Road, Helensburgh, and I am sure the staff will be able to advise and help you in your studies.

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It was great to see that all children under 16 in Helensburgh and Lomond can now access swimming sessions in the new leisure centre up to August 11 for free.

I am hoping as the local Children’s Champion that LiveArgyll will soon adopt a policy of allowing all children in care free access to their leisure facilities in Argyll and Bute including Helensburgh.

Unfortunately the council and Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care’s autism strategy has been inadequate both in treatment and diagnosis.

I have raised this again with the chief executive at our meeting. So I was pleased to hear that a working group which includes Fiona Davis, the Chief Medical Officer, and Councillor Amanda Hampsey, the policy lead for health and social care, has been set up to address this pressing issue.

I hold a monthly surgery in the Helensburgh Library on the last Saturday of the month (except July and December) from 10 to 11am and all my constituents are welcome to come along if they have any council-related problems needing addressed.

Finally I would like to congratulate Jackie Baillie MSP on being made a Dame in the King’s birthday honours list. This is in my opinion is well deserved and Jackie has served the community for a long time with diligence, care and consistency.

Jackie seems to reject political dogma; instead, she concentrates on practical matters for the benefit of her constituents. A good example for all of us in politics.