Vil­lage aims to dis­cour­age over­tak­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

PLANS are afoot to dis­cour­age driv­ers over­tak­ing on the A816 through Kilmelford, writes Sandy Neil.

Kil­nin­ver and Kilmelford Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard last week that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil had mon­i­tored 1,400 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on the long, straight stretch through the vil­lage – a 30mph zone – over a 24-hour pe­riod, and recorded an av­er­age speed of 31.8mph, ac­cord­ing with Po­lice Scot­land‘s mea­sure­ments.

The speed was ‘rel­a­tively low’, ar­gued Jim Smith of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s roads and amenity ser­vices, and fur­ther­more ‘ shows the 30mph speed limit is by and large be­ing re­spected’.

He told the meet­ing, held in Kilmelford Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day Au­gust 9, that 85 per cent of traf­fic did not ex­ceed 38.5mph.

How­ever, com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man Nigel Mitchell said: ‘The prob­lem is over­tak­ing on that straight. We want to try to stop that.’

Mr Smith ad­vised against sug­gested speed bumps and white lines pro­hibit­ing all over­tak­ing, but praised the ef­fi­cacy of flash­ing 30mph signs, which can be toured around Ar­gyll vil­lages at a lower cost.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors asked Mr Smith to report back on the cost, so an ap­pli­ca­tion might be made to the Car­raig Gheal Com­mu­nity Wind Farm Ben­e­fit Fund.

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