Wheel­chair MS suf­ferer seeks safe cross­ing place

Campbeltown Courier - - FRONT PAGE - by Mark Davey [email protected]­bel­town­courier.co.uk

A woman con­fined to a wheel­chair by mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis has spo­ken out about the need for safe Camp­bel­town road cross­ings. He­len-Mary Mar­tin, 57, who has used a wheel­chair for at least 10 years, told the Courier last week: ‘We need proper traf­fic light con­trolled or ze­bra cross­ings by the Co-op, Aqual­ib­rium and the Royal Ho­tel. ‘On the cor­ner by the Royal there should re­ally be a traf­fic light con­trolled cross­ing. ‘I also have re­stricted sight, but luck­ily I have a carer when I am out. ‘For a blind per­son it would be spe­cially hard. ‘In ci­ties where there is a bob­bly bit of pave­ment peo­ple think that is where it is safe to cross but that is not the case in Camp­bel­town.’ Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara said: ‘Safety is ab­so­lutely para­mount for ev­ery sin­gle pedes­trian, He­len in­cluded. ‘I know there is an as­sess­ment and li­ai­son un­der way. There are var­i­ous guide­lines, that have to be ad­hered to, but surely that’s not an in­sur­mount­able chal­lenge to mak­ing sure there is a safe way for ev­ery­one to cross the road.’ Coun­cil­lor Rory Colville added: ‘This par­tic­u­lar cross­ing point needs an ur­gent re­view, the road mark­ings seem ab­surd given it is next to two junc­tions and en­trances to two busi­nesses. ‘Fur­ther to the Courier once again high­light­ing these con­cerns, I will pur­sue Trans­port Scot­land for its as­sess­ment of a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.’ Coun­cil­lor John Ar­mour com­mented: ‘There needs to be some­thing in place es­pe­cially for wheel chair users and for the pub­lic in gen­eral. ‘The road as a main thor­ough­fare is busy most of the time and as such makes it al­most im­pos­si­ble at times to cross. ‘I sup­port any mea­sure to have a cross­ing/cross­ings in­stalled.’

Ms Mar­tin said that there should be proper road mark­ings wher­ever there is a dropped kerb. ‘There is noth­ing in Camp­bel­town such as dou­ble yel­low lines by dropped kerbs to show that cars should not park there,’ said Ms Mar­tin. ‘Some­times I have to travel some dis­tance on the road in my wheel­chair to find some­where to cross.’ Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell said: ‘There needs to be some ur­gency ap­plied to this by Trans­port Scot­land as the lack of an ac­ces­si­ble cross­ing and the slow at­ten­tion to it is un­ac­cept­able. ‘I will raise the mat­ter with Trans­port Scot­land at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.’ A Trans­port Scot­land spokesper­son said: ‘We com­pleted a traf­fic sur­vey in a utumn 2018 to as­sess the need for cross­ing points along the A83 in Camp­bel­town. While there is no ac­ci­dent his­tory at this lo­ca­tion, Trans­port Scot­land will con­tinue its as­sess­ment work and un­der­take a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise with lo­cal stake­hold­ers in the new year. ‘We want to bet­ter un­der­stand the lived ex­pe­ri­ences of dis­abled peo­ple who are cross­ing at this lo­ca­tion, which will help in­form con­sid­er­a­tion of pos­si­ble next steps.’

He­len-Mary Mar­tin and her ca­reer Wilma Camp­bell by the beige coloured road which marks a cross­ing in Camp­bel­town.

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