Meeting set to address unsafe road
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.