Village aims to discourage overtaking
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.