Campbeltown Courier

Rest debacle questions still require answers


The announceme­nt that a £1.8 million contract has been awarded to Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnic­al Ltd to undertake ground investigat­ion work at the A83’s Rest and Be Thankful has been widely welcomed.

Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto echoed all interested parties when stating that ‘the delivery of a permanent solution to end the frequent closures is essential to securing a prosperous future for the area’.

While agreeing with her sentiment, however, Argyll and Bute councillor­s Donald Kelly and Douglas Philand are determined to push ahead with their call for a public inquiry into where the £87 million of public money already spent has gone.

At a meeting of a Scottish Parliament committee on January 19, the question of an inquiry into the financial management of the project was met with a less than warm reception from the government politician­s present, despite the backing of two petitions containing 10,000 signatures.

Councillor Kelly has since accused the committee of ‘sidesteppi­ng the issue’ and ‘missing the point’ while Councillor Philand commented: ‘If the panel believes there should be no inquiry about the management of £87 million I would have real worries.’

The Scottish Parliament Citizen Participat­ion and Public Petitions Committee will write to the Scottish Parliament on the matter. Petition signatorie­s await the outcome with bated breath.

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