Councillor’s response to A83 questions
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.