Vil­lage road safety

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, I read with in­ter­est your ex­cel­lent lead story (Fri­day Septem­ber 28) on re­duc­ing the speed limit in Cairn­dow.

It was with some as­ton­ish­ment I read the com­ments quoted from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil. To say there is no greater risk in Cairn­dow than on many of the roads in Ar­gyll is no ar­gu­ment for in­ac­tion. This is tan­ta­mount to say­ing we will not act be­cause lots of places are un­safe.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil ar­gues there is no need for a 20mph speed limit in the vil­lage be­cause, in their sur­vey four years ago, ve­hi­cles were recorded as be­ing al­ready be­low 20mph. Surely this is an ar­gu­ment for low­er­ing the limit not keep­ing it at 30mph. Av­er­age speed of ve­hi­cles is a use­less mea­sure any­way. Up­per quar­tile speeds will de­ter­mine risk, not av­er­ages where ex­ces­sive speed is can­celled out by slower driv­ers and peo­ple stop­ping in the vil­lage. The coun­cil goes on to say it is watch­ing the progress of the new Re­stricted Roads (20mph speed limit) (Scot­land) Bill. So the coun­cil strat­egy is to watch what some­one else is do­ing when it has the re­spon­si­bil­ity and power to act now.

Your ar­ti­cle ends by ask­ing the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion: is it safe to drive at 30mph through Cairn­dow? I would not drive through In­ver­aray at 30mph. It is pal­pa­bly ob­vi­ous that the an­swer to the ques­tion is no, it is not safe to drive through the vil­lage at 30mph. The of­fi­cials at Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil re­spon­si­ble for re­ject­ing this per­fectly rea­son­able re­quest from the com­mu­nity should hang their heads in shame. So much for lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple and power to the cit­i­zen. Per­haps our elected coun­cil­lors could in­ject some rea­son and lo­cal democ­racy. Us­ing the con­cept of adding pub­lic value should be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor when fac­ing de­ci­sions such as this. Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is quoted as say­ing all roads are dan­ger­ous, which may be true. How­ever, there are spe­cific dan­gers in a vil­lage with no foot­way for more than 800 yards. Pro­fes­sor Alan M Boyter, Cairn­dow.

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