Southend’s road re­spon­si­bil­ity

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­

A ROW over who is re­spon­si­ble for the up­keep of a Southend road is driv­ing res­i­dents round the bend.

The track leads to four coun­cil-built houses, Du­naverty Golf Club, two res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties, hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion and is used by the farmer of the sur­round­ing land, as well as dog walkers, boat own­ers and Kintyre Way walkers.

Jenny and Ray Good­man, who live at Du­naverty Cot­tage on the road, are at the end of their tether with the state of the road. They con­tacted the Courier af­ter pre­vi­ous cor­re­spon­dence with MSP Michael Rus­sell, coun­cil­lor Don­ald Kelly and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil failed to de­ter­mine who has re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Mr and Mrs Good­man said: ‘It is be­com­ing al­most im­pos­si­ble to gain ac­cess to num­bers nine to 12 Wal­lace Cot­tages, due to the con­di­tion of the road. These houses were built by the coun­cil and ser­viced by all lo­cal author­ity ameni­ties, with street light­ing and road sig­nage.

‘The ac­ces­si­bil­ity prob­lem has got to a point that any­body driv­ing across this area will sus­tain dam­age to their ve­hi­cles and fur­ther dec­i­mate the sub­struc­ture of the road.’

Mrs Good­man con­tacted the coun­cil to ask if it had any re­spon­si­bil­ity but was told that the road had not been adopted and that it was a pri­vate road.

Unadopted roads do not have to be ad­e­quately main­tained by the high­way author­ity although a le­gal duty to main­tain these roads still ex­ists, but it falls to the own­ers of the road, which usu­ally con­sists of the own­ers of any prop­er­ties fronting the high­way.

Mr and Mrs Good­man added: ‘How can that pos­si­bly be the case when the houses were a coun­cil de­vel­op­ment with no pri­vate con­trac­tors in­volved? The houses and Du­naverty Golf Club pay all their lo­cal rates. The road is in the worst state that I have ever seen it. Our car has been in and out of the garage get­ting work done.

‘We know we have a par­tial li­a­bil­ity, from the cat­tle grid at the golf club over to our house, but we need to know who else does.’

An Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil spokesper­son told the Courier: ‘There are more than 90km of unadopted roads across Ar­gyll and Bute. This road has not been adopted by the coun­cil.’

The con­di­tion of the road in Southend is caus­ing dam­age to ve­hi­cles.

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