Saga of A83 Rest closures must end
Sir, Yet again the A83 is closed because of a landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful. Having been a resident in Argyll for 25 years I have lost count of the times this road has been affected by landslips. A ‘sticking plaster’ is constantly used to try to resolve the situation and has absolutely no effect. I dread to think of the cost of trying to sort out this situation over the years by continually attempting to shore up the hillside. Given the increasingly volatile weather in the locality it is never going to rectify the problem. When the cost to date is considered and the fact that the Old Military Road was upgraded at great expense and was not used last week, it is time the authorities bit the bullet and stopped pussyfooting around. In Europe there are endless tunnels providing safe passage through many routes and cost does not seem to be an issue. The only solution is to build a tunnel or is the population of Argyll too small and insignificant to warrant the expense? Our elected politicians do not seem to care about the incredible disruption this continuing saga has on the welfare of the area. Keith Abendroth, High Askomil, Campbeltown.