Com­mu­nity coun­cil calls for Oban Times’ cam­paign to be ex­tended

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OBAN Com­mu­nity Coun­cil says it is wait­ing pa­tiently for a de­ci­sion about a round­about on the A85 which it be­lieves will help re­duce speeds and sub­stan­tially im­prove safety on the trunk road.

Stat­ing its sup­port for The Oban Times Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign, the com­mu­nity coun­cil said con­cerns about the road should not stop as you en­ter the town via the Bealachan-righ, but to con­tinue into the town cen­tre.

The is­sue was raised by a mem­ber of the public, Kenny McLen­nan. He said: ‘It is about time that we sorted out the prob­lems with the round­about, or what­ever it is, on Ar­gyll Square.

‘No- one knows where they are meant to be go­ing and what we have is peo­ple get­ting into trou­ble be­cause it is a com­plete and ut­ter anom­aly in driv­ing.’

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors agreed that ac­ci­dents and near misses on the round­about are an al­most daily oc­cur­rence.

The round­about is unique in that it has a dou­ble lane and has traf­fic lights im­me­di­ately as some­one ex­its or en­ters onto it.

The Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign will now ex­tend from the turn off from the Con­nel Bridge to the ferry ter­mi­nal, and will add to its list of pri­or­i­ties the need for a ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the round­about as it stands at the mo­ment.

Next week – your view, what pri­or­i­ties do driv­ers on the road have for im­prove­ments.

The traf­fic sit­u­a­tion at Ar­gyll Square is caus­ing con­fu­sion, and con­cerns have been raised about near misses be­ing an al­most a daily oc­cu­rance.

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