Cam­paign­ers wait for re­ply

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

Cam­paign­ers or­gan­is­ing a crit­i­cal meet­ing with road agen­cies are fu­ri­ous they are still wait­ing to hear if Trans­port Scot­land will be at­tend­ing.

Last month The Oban Times re­ported a near-miss between a four-year-old boy and a car out­side Lochnell Pri­mary School at Ben­der­loch.

The in­ci­dent stepped up a cam­paign span­ning 15 years to get mo­torists to slow down.

So far, about 300 peo­ple have re­sponded to an on­line sur­vey about how the road could be made safer and a huge amount of feed­back has come from mo­torists. All the data from the web sur­vey at lochnell will be passed on at the meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 25 with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing po­lice and coun­cil­lors.

BEAR Scot­land will be at­tend­ing that meet­ing but there is still no con­fir­ma­tion from Trans­port Scot­land that it will be send­ing its own of­fi­cial, Ard­chat­tan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard at its meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Wil­lie Bar­nett, who said he would be invit­ing MSP Michael Rus­sell to be there, blasted Trans­port Scot­land for not re­spond­ing yet and for not tak­ing any ac­tion sooner to keep chil­dren safe.

‘Traf­fic Scot­land needs to be hauled over the coals for this,’ said Mr Bar­nett. ‘Th­ese peo­ple in au­thor­ity are not tak­ing this se­ri­ously.’

Vice-chair­woman of Lochnell school’s par­ent coun­cil and co-or­gan­iser of the safer cross­ing cam­paign Beth Davies said: ‘They did a sur­vey one year ago, which showed peo­ple were speed­ing but they’re just sit­ting on it.’

Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Breege Smyth asked Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil­lors at last week’s meet­ing: ‘Is there any way the coun­cil can fund the money to put a lol­lipop per­son in place un­til we get this sorted?’

Coun­cil­lor Elaine Robert­son said it would be ‘very un­likely’ but added: ‘We can take it back to them. We will be sur­prised but happy if any money is re­leased.’

Coun­cil­lor Kieron Green said: ‘The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor is aware there’s a de­sire in the com­mu­nity for there to be a lol­lipop per­son but it’s not some­thing that’s on the radar.’

The sug­ges­tion of a lol­lipop per­son will now be put on the agenda for the Oc­to­ber meet­ing although some cam­paign­ers are con­cerned it would only be a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to a prob­lem need­ing a per­ma­nent fix.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bar­cal­dine Pri­mary’s par­ent coun­cil are also to be in­vited to at­tend.

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