Camp­bel­town’s unique road cross­ings

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -


School, Ze­bra, Pel­i­can, Puf­fin, Tou­can and Pe­ga­sus are the of­fi­cial pedes­trian road cross­ings in the UK.

In its in­fi­nite wisdom Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil de­cided to pro­vide unique road mark­ings for Camp­bel­town.

These pe­cu­liar brown road mark­ings with pave­ment in­tro­duc­tions to alert the dis­abled are more like skit­tle cross­ings, but you will be knocked down with more than a ball.

In keep­ing with the High­way Code I sug­gest these should be re­named Dodo cross­ings be­cause they should be ex­tinct.

I ap­plaud Coun­cil­lor Kelly’s tenac­ity in fol­low­ing this up for years with the pow­ers that be and wish him luck.

I am also aware that this is­sue has also been raised by the com­mu­nity coun­cil, Kin­tyre Crime Pre­ven­tion Panel and Po­lice Scot­land, but to no avail.

Com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment – you’re hav­ing a laugh!

Since the A83 be­came a trunk road it is now the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Trans­port Scot­land.

This is con­ve­nient for the bu­reau­crats be­cause Trans­port Scot­land can say it was the coun­cil’s re­spon­si­bil­ity be­fore they took over and I quote: ‘The mark­ings to which you re­fer were in­stalled prior to the A83 be­ing trunked and we have asked Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to ex­plain why.’

Trans­port Scot­land has money to spend on new crash bar­ri­ers strangely po­si­tioned along the A83, but de­spite years of com­mu­nity cam­paign­ing and the re­peated prom­ise of traf­fic man­age­ment re­views the safety of pedes­tri­ans in Camp­bel­town is ig­nored. An­drew Hem­mings, Sound of Kin­tyre, Machri­han­ish, Camp­bel­town.

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