Meeting set to ad­dress un­safe road

The Oban Times - - Front Page - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­

A DATE has been set by the ‘joint own­ers’ of Dun­beg’s ‘danger­ous’ Kirk Road to agree their share of the re­pair costs, fol­low­ing a pub­lic meeting on Tues­day.

The sin­gle-track Kirk Road runs for 900m from Jane Road to Dun­staffnage Cas­tle car park and is used by hun­dreds of vil­lagers, work­ers and tourists each day.

It gives ac­cess to the Euro­pean Marine Science Park, owned by High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE), used by commuters to the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Science (SAMS), and by staff, par­ents and tod­dlers at Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI’s nurs­ery.

West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WHHA) has also built 50 new flats and houses in Marine Court near Dun- staffnage Mains, with 25 more dwellings due to be fin­ished this year. And around 18,000 tourists visit Dun­staffnage Cas­tle.

But parts of Kirk Road have de­graded badly, with pot­holes and deep ruts, leav­ing pedes­tri­ans and driv­ers few op­tions to avoid on­com­ing traf­fic. ‘The road wasn’t built for what’s on it,’ one res­i­dent told The

Oban Times. ‘There are more cars down there than ever. There is no pave­ment.’

One com­muter added: ‘ There are a num­ber of dan­gers and it’s un­lit. It’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one gets knocked down. Walk­ers are al­most in­vis­i­ble at night.’

An­other Kirk Road res­i­dent said she sees cars ‘ rac­ing all the time’ through chi­canes, in­stalled by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil (A&BC) to re­duce speed..

Dun­beg Community Coun­cil con­vener Gwyneth Neal chaired the meeting, and be­gan by re­count­ing res­i­dents’ near misses. She said: ‘A lady al­most lost her baby. It’s a dis­grace. Kirk Road is not safe.’

SAMS deputy di­rec­tor Axel Miller added: ‘There are dif­fer­ent views on who is re­spon­si­ble for dif­fer­ent por­tions. To bring ev­ery­one round the ta­ble, it should be straight­for­ward: it’s not rocket science. We’ll pur­sue the foot­path idea.’

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish said re­spon­si­bil­ity for the road be­tween the church and old cat­tle grid be­longed to the coun­cil, and be­yond to the cas­tle was jointly owned by Dun­staffnage Es­tates, SAMS, HES and HIE. He added WHHA also have a ‘moral re­spon­si­bil­ity be­cause their houses in Marine Court have in­creased the traf­fic’.

The stake­holder meeting is at 10am on June 28 at SAMS.

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