Coun­cil­lor’s re­sponse to A83 ques­tions

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, The Ar­gyll econ­omy des­per­ately needs a so­lu­tion to stop the A83 be­ing closed by land­slides at the Rest and Be Thank­ful. To an­swer Coun­cil­lor Pater­son’s ques­tion (Let­ters, Novem­ber 16), I have at­tended many meet­ings about the A83 over the years, sev­eral of them on cold win­ter days on site at the Rest and Be Thank­ful. Just as I did at the meet­ing on Novem­ber 15, I have reg­u­larly called on SNP min­is­ters to solve the prob­lems of the A83 but sadly the SNP has al­ways gone for the cheap op­tion in­stead of do­ing a proper job. I even re­mem­ber one meet­ing at which a se­nior Trans­port Scot­land of­fi­cial said that us­ing the Old Mil­i­tary Road would not work, be­cause de­bris from a land­slip would reach that road and block it. The SNP ig­nored this ad­vice and chose the Old Mil­i­tary Road for the emer­gency di­ver­sion route – a few weeks ago a land­slip blocked the Old Mil­i­tary Road. In­stead of ig­nor­ing ex­pert ad­vice, the SNP must start tak­ing the prob­lem se­ri­ously and choose one of the rec­om­men­da­tions from the Ja­cobs Re­port which will fix the prob­lems at the Rest. In­stead of try­ing to de­fend the SNP’s ap­palling record, Coun­cil­lor Pater­son should join me in call­ing on the SNP gov­ern­ment to spend the money needed to keep the A83 open.

Coun­cil­lor Alan Reid, Cowal.

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