An open let­ter to Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf re­gard­ing the A83 at Strone Point and the Rest and be Thank­ful

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Yet an­other ac­ci­dent has hap­pened on the A83 at Strone Point near In­ver­aray. Luck­ily no one was killed.

As the ad­min­is­tra­tive night­mare con­tin­ues re­gard­ing this whole is­sue, I guess I’m ask­ing what it will take for this to be re­solved and taken for­ward.

We have had mul­ti­ple deaths, mul­ti­ple ac­ci­dents and in­juries and again an­other re­cent crash.

Will it take yet an­other death be­fore it sinks into those who are dig­ging in their feet the un­ac­cept­able time we in Ar­gyll have had to wait for this to be taken for­ward. More car­nage may oc­cur whilst the peo­ple in author­ity sit in rooms far away from the site.

If this was the Forth road project, would we have had to wait for about a year be­fore we could even start? I don’t think so, and all I am re­quest­ing is that we in Ar­gyll are treated the same as any county in Scot­land.

I do hope you are able to as­sist with this, as I do have faith in you, given the meet­ings we have had and, I be­lieve, so do oth­ers - but the longer this goes on it does not bode well for the re­la­tion­ships that we re­quire to get the work on the A83 go­ing.

Would it also be pos­si­ble for an up­date on the pits that were go­ing to go in at the Rest and be Thank­ful? It is fast ap­proach­ing an­other win­ter when the land­slides are more prom­i­nent, and yet I don’t see the work be­ing done.

I look for­ward to hear­ing from you, and I will con­tinue to work pos­i­tively with you but as you may see in this mes­sage it is in­creas­ingly frus­trat­ing to have to write to you when the agreed works should have been com­pleted. Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Phi­land, Ar­gyll and Bute First

Editor’s note: Since this let­ter was writ­ten, a fur­ther ac­ci­dent has oc­curred at Strone Point. See page four in this edi­tion for more.

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