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The Oban Times - - Letters -

seems on the sur­face to be self-ev­i­dent that the proper so­cial in­fra­struc­ture should be in place be­fore em­bark­ing on any ma­jor pub­lic de­vel­op­ments, es­pe­cially when they are to take place in ru­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

That is why we have con­sid­er­able sym­pa­thy with the views put for­ward by res­i­dents of Dun­beg about the pu­ta­tive mas­ter­plan that pro­poses the con­struc­tion of more than 600 new houses in the ‘cor­ri­dor’ be­tween the vil­lage and Gana­van.

Quite frankly, the roads in the area, par­tic­u­larly Kirk Road, are sim­ply not suit­able for even the traf­fic us­ing them at present, let alone af­ter the ad­di­tion of hun­dreds of new homes. Res­i­dents are, un­der­stand­ably, up in arms – de­spite a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise held last week to re­as­sure them oth­er­wise – at the prospect of hun­dreds of ad­di­tional ve­hi­cles clog­ging the sin­gle-track Kirk Road and at­tempt­ing to exit Dun­beg onto the al­ready con­gested and ac­ci­dent-blighted A85.

Then there is the is­sue of the pro­vi­sion of school places. Dun­beg Pri­mary is al­ready close to ca­pac­ity and could be swamped once the new homes are oc­cu­pied.

If Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and its part­ners are se­ri­ous about their pro­pos­als, it is es­sen­tial that the in­fra­struc­ture is in place be­fore an­other step is taken.

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