It is time to act

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

I WROTE re­cently about a wo­man tourist whom who was strug­gling to cross Lochavullin Drive be­tween Tesco and Home­base be­cause she was in a mota­bil­ity scooter and there was a dropped kerb on only one side of the road.

Then we were ap­proached last week by a blind reg­u­lar vis­i­tor, John McQuade, who com­plained of a lack of tac­tile paving at cross­ing points.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has said it has an on­go­ing pro­gramme of main­te­nance and that it will con­sider the com­plaint from Mr McQuade and de­cide if re­me­dial ac­tion is re­quired.

That comes on the back of the laud­able up­grad­ing works to the town cen­tre that were com­pleted last year. In­deed, the coun­cil is to be highly com­mended for its ef­forts to im­prove cen­tral ar­eas of Oban.

But these are two cru­cial road safety is­sues where peo­ple’s well­be­ing is com­pro­mised.

It is im­por­tant coun­cil of­fi­cers act swiftly to rec­tify these short­com­ings. Three weeks af­ter I first high­lighted the Locha-vullin Drive prob­lem, noth­ing has been done.

Lorne Colthart wins the World Caber Championship at In­ver­aray.

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