Stay Alive on A85

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SUP­PORT con­tin­ues to be voiced for The Oban Times’ cam­paign for im­proved safety mea­sures on the road be­tween Oban and Con­nel. Full story

IN­VEST­MENT into a num­ber of hot-spot ar­eas that cause frus­tra­tion for driv­ers on the A85 could ease some of the prob­lems on the road, two for­mer coun­cil­lors have said.

Sup­port­ing the Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign, for­mer elected mem­bers Al­lan McKie and Neil MacKay said the lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the coun­cil’s com­mit­tees had led to the wrong de­ci­sions be­ing made for com­mu­ni­ties who live on the road.

Both men urged any­one newly elected to the coun­cil to get in­volved in plan­ning and for the chair­man­ship of plan­ning to be equally spread for all the ar­eas.

For­mer coun­cil­lor McKie said peo­ple, while he was cam­paign­ing on their doorsteps, had told him that dur­ing the morn­ing and evening rush hours driv­ers they were wait­ing up to 25 min­utes to get out of the Dun­beg junc­tion onto the A85.

Mr McKie said: ‘ With in­vest­ment onto the roads that feed onto the A85, lives would be saved. A round­about would slow down traf­fic and ease so many prob­lems on the road.’

Mr MacKay, also a for­mer coun­cil­lor, crit­i­cised cur­rent elected mem­bers for not sit­ting on the plan­ning com­mit­tee, thus al­low­ing de­ci­sions be­ing made be­yond the area, ‘ with­out any un­der­stand­ing of the pol­icy de­ci­sions’.

As an ex­am­ple, the men used the re­cent au­tho­ri­sa­tion of the Dun­beg mas­ter­plan for an ex­tra 300 houses. They said the de­ci­sion will have an on­go­ing ef­fect on the traf­fic us­ing the A85.

‘Yet a round­about was not in­cluded as part of any plan­ning gain or con­di­tion, mean­ing the pres­sure on the frag­ile A85 will be fur­ther con­gested,’ Mr MacKay said.

The two agreed that cur­rent prob­lems for driv­ers are lead­ing to frus­tra­tion, and at times risk-tak­ing on the road. One driver who con­tacted The

Oban Times ex­plained: ‘I know that I pulled out too quickly onto the road this morn­ing – but that was af­ter wait­ing for al­most 20 min­utes to get from Dun­beg onto the main road for my daugh­ter get­ting to her first exam.

‘There is no way that an ex­tra 300 houses are go­ing to ease the load onto the road. And while I feel guilty about a near miss and feel­ing like I had to pull out onto the road be­cause of time con­straints and cars be­hind me – next time there might be an ac­ci­dent.

‘I am hop­ing that some­one will read this and say that lights or a round­about be put in at the junc­tion to stop all this crazy driv­ing – in­clud­ing my own.’

To sign the Stay Alive on the A85 pe­ti­tion, go to www.oban­times.co.uk/stay­alive85.

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