Coun­cil­lors unite to push for ac­tion on Rest solution

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

In a rare demon­stra­tion of unity, ev­ery Ar­gyll and Bute councillor agreed to press for ac­tion to im­prove the Rest and Be Thank­ful road.

A mo­tion about the A83 was pre­sented at a full meet­ing of the coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 18 urg­ing the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to work to­wards a ‘per­ma­nent solution’ to the land­slide prob­lem.

Councillor Aileen Mor­ton, leader of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, said: ‘What made this lat­est clo­sure so sig­nif­i­cant is the fact that the land­slides and se­vere weather also wiped out, for a pe­riod, the sup­posed solution to the prob­lem – the Old Mil­i­tary Road, which too re­mained closed un­til Mon­day Oc­to­ber 15, one full week af­ter the first land­slide.

‘The fail­ure of the most re­cent works to keep the road open de­mands an ur­gent

‘Our com­mu­ni­ties, and in fact the wider Scot­tish econ­omy, need and de­serve a ro­bust road net­work that keeps Ar­gyll open.’

re­view of ex­ist­ing and fu­ture plans at the Rest and Be Thank­ful.

‘The scale of fi­nan­cial sup­port needed to deliver a per­ma­nent solution is po­ten­tially very sub­stan­tial. How­ever, when con­sid­ered in the light of other in­vest­ments across the coun­try, such as the Queens­ferry Cross­ing at a cost of £1.350 bil­lion or the Aberdeen by­pass at a cost of £745mil­lion, then the po­ten­tial costs here are put into a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

‘Our com­mu­ni­ties, and in fact the wider Scot­tish econ­omy, need and de­serve a ro­bust road net­work that keeps Ar­gyll open.’

The coun­cil leader will write to Trans­port Min­is­ter Michael Mathe­son to ask for a meet­ing with coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers to dis­cuss the is­sue.

The mo­tion also de­mands that ‘the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment, with­out fur­ther delay, for­mally com­mits to iden­ti­fy­ing and fund­ing a per­ma­nent solution to keep the A83, and Ar­gyll and Bute, open for busi­ness’.

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