Cross­ing blasted

The Oban Times - - Front Page - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

PEDES­TRI­ANS on a ze­bra cross­ing on one of Oban’s busiest roads have claimed it is too dan­ger­ous to use fol­low­ing a num­ber of near misses.

AN OBAN res­i­dent is call­ing for the re­moval of a ze­bra cross­ing fol­low­ing con­cerns that cor­rect pro­ce­dures were not fol­lowed dur­ing its in­stal­la­tion.

The cross­ing has been at the cen­tre of a num­ber of near misses in re­cent months.

By its own ad­mis­sion, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil said it could ‘not lo­cate any recorded in­for­ma­tion’ in re­gard to the cross­ing on Soroba Road, near to Lidl.

In a state­ment, the coun­cil, said: ‘The coun­cil of­fi­cer who li­aised with Lidl prior to the in­stal­la­tion of this cross­ing has re­tired and we are un­able to lo­cate any recorded in­for­ma­tion within our records which con­firms that an as­sess­ment was car­ried out.’

A le­gal re­quire­ment to fit a skid-re­sis­tant sur­face on the ap­proaches to the cross­ing has not been car­ried out, giv­ing driv­ers less trac­tion if they need to come to an abrupt stop and mak­ing it more likely cars will slide onto the cross­ing. The con­cerned mem­ber of pub­lic, who asked not to be named, said he can find no ev­i­dence that po­lice were ad­vised of the cross­ing or that pub­lic no­tices were dis­played, which, he says, flouts the cur­rent rules.

He ex­plained: ‘The is­sues are a bit com­plex but do need to be ad­dressed and, in my opin­ion, made pub­lic. Should I not do any­thing and other in­ci­dents oc­cur, I would be re­ally up­set.

‘There would ap­pear to be fail­ures to com­ply with Road Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Acts, so it is a se­ri­ous mat­ter.

‘The fu­ture of the cross­ing, in my view, is uncer­tain. It should be re­moved and proper pro­ce­dure un­der­taken.

‘Hav­ing ex­am­ined all avail­able plan­ning doc­u­ments, I have come to the con­clu­sion that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil granted un­con­di­tional plan­ning per­mis­sion to the ap­pli­cant for the es­tab­lish­ment of a ze­bra cross­ing ad­ja­cent to the su­per­mar­ket, which it didn’t have the right to do.’

An Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘The de­vel­oper was in­formed of the need to ap­ply for a per­mit un­der sec­tion 56 of the Roads (Scot­land) Act 1984 prior to work­ing within the road cor­ri­dor.

‘The re­quire­ment to con­sult with the pub­lic and the po­lice lies with the de­vel­oper.’

Lidl were un­able to com­ment at the time of go­ing to press.

Should I not do any­thing and other in­ci­dents oc­cur, I would be re­ally up­set”

T16 Ze­bra cross­ing

Last Septem­ber we pho­tographed Agnes Mor­ris, El­speth Kerr, Betty Nudds and Riona MacEwan, who all live close to the cross­ing near Lynn Court at the then new ze­bra cross­ing which a con­cerned res­i­dent has said may have to be re­moved.

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