Will­cross­ing‘elf’and­safety be taken se­ri­ously?

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Read­ing the front page of the Courier last week, I re­alised that what we want for Christ­mas is a ze­bra, pel­i­can or pos­si­bly a tou­can cross­ing. How­ever there are two clauses, not one, in Santa’s wish list and they are pro­cras­ti­na­tion and aus­ter­ity. In these Dick­en­sian times the Kin­tyre Crime Pre­ven­tion Panel (KCPP) has also cam­paigned to have the sit­u­a­tion re­solved with a sack full of com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Trans­port Scot­land over the years. On De­cem­ber 19 it is a year (happy an­niver­sary) since rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the KCPP, Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil met at the cross­ing points with Trans­port Scot­land. The Camp­bel­town groups were able to demon­strate the dif­fi­cul­ties peo­ple had with these non-stan­dard and dan­ger­ous road mark­ings, the beige painted strips are not cross­ings. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was promised. Af­ter fur­ther re­minders, on Septem­ber 10 KCPP was told by Trans­port Scot­land’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive that: ‘The sur­vey data is still be­ing an­a­lysed and I hope to re­ceive feed­back in the next few weeks. ‘I’ll be back in touch when I have some­thing tan­gi­ble to re­port.’ If the sur­vey data is ‘still be­ing an­a­lysed’ what fur­ther assess­ment work is re­quired? Santa’s first clause. Santa’s se­cond clause may hope­fully be ad­dressed at gov­ern­ment lev­els by our MP and MSP as it is they who are cus­to­di­ans of the magic money tree. So will we get our Christ­mas wish? Will Trans­port Scot­land get its skates on? Maybe, but at which Christ­mas and will elf and safety be taken se­ri­ously? An­drew Hem­mings, 112 Sound of Kin­tyre, Camp­bel­town.

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