Fur­nace fights for lower speed lim­its

The Oban Times - - Community News -

PEO­PLE are ‘ too fright­ened’ to use the pave­ment be­side the main road through Fur­nace as traf­fic thun­ders past at high speed.

This view was ex­pressed more than once at a pub­lic meet­ing re­cently in Fur­nace Vil­lage Hall, where peo­ple want to ex­tend the 40mph speed limit.

The A83 trunk road passes through the Loch Fyne-side vil­lage, and lo­cals say the speed and vol­ume of traf­fic is caus­ing gen­uine prob­lems.

Spurred on by cur­rent plans by Trans­port Scot­land to in­tro­duce a 50mph limit south of the vil­lage to Allt Na Cear­daich, Fur­nace Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has taken up the fight to have a 40mph speed limit im­posed in­stead, right through to Mi­nard, three and a half miles to the south. At the meet­ing at­tended by around 40 peo­ple and chaired by com­mu­nity coun­cil con­vener Mike Mas­ters, it was agreed that a new pe­ti­tion, ask­ing to have the speed limit re­duced to 40mph, would be raised and passed around res­i­dents in both Fur­nace and Mi­nard.

Speak­ing from the floor, res­i­dents ex­plained the prob- lems caused by heavy traf­fic trav­el­ling at speed.

‘I have a job get­ting out my drive at times,’ said one man liv­ing be­side the road.

This was sup­ported by Rev­erend Roddy MacLeod, a Mi­nard res­i­dent, who said: ‘I have enough trou­ble get­ting out my drive in a 40mph, so it must be par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult in a 60mph area.’

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