Is­lands say they are miss­ing out on tim­ber route fund­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

THE is­lands are miss­ing out on tim­ber route fund­ing – but four routes in Argyll and Bute have claimed cash.

The four are Kilchre­nan B845, West Loch Awe C30, Kilmichael Glen c38 and the B800 West Cowal, which will take a share of Argyll and Bute Coun­cil’s al­lo­ca­tion of £ 554,000.

Is­lan­ders on Mull had hoped that more cash would be made avail­able for the south is­land road net­work prior to ma­jor har­vest­ing work which is due to take place.

The Strate­gic Tim­ber Trans- port Fund, which has this year ben­e­fited from an ad­di­tional Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment of £ 5 mil­lion, is sup­port­ing im­prove­ment works on 48 mi­nor ru­ral roads across Scot­land.

David Sul­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the UK For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion, and who also chairs the Strate­gic Tim­ber Trans­port Fund’s As­sess­ment Panel, said: ‘The con­sid­er­able in­ter­est shown in the fund is ex­tremely heart­en­ing. It fur­ther demon­strates the in­dus­try’s re­spon­si­ble ap­proach to tim­ber trans­port, be it by road, sea or rail.’

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