Comment posted A83: Is there a planning issue in Transport Scotland’s intent to revise the old military road below Rest and Be Thankful? by Robert Wakeham.
And on the tenth anniversary of Scotland’s first National Park it would be sad indeed if this, the guardian of Glen Croe and all else around, had no control over the work proposed to provide an emergency route. The historic road is part of the character of the glen, and there must be some very severe problems with upgrading the alternative forestry road – particularly as this would avoid any risk of the emergency route being closed by trouble on the very same hillside as the A83.
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- There’s a story I heard from Ardrishaig folk many years ago of the trials & tribulations of the bus journey from Glasgow before the present road was built. There was one snowy day when the buses (at that date it was the Link Line, with the bus known as the ‘flying sausage’) unable to get up or down the hill just below Loch Restil on the Inveraray side, so the passengers were required to get out and walk between the two buses.
- Wikipedia is pretty accurate; according to the ancient monuments record (Argyll volume 7, RCAHMS 1992) the original stone was dated 1748; the replacement reads: ‘REST & BE THANKFUL MILITARY ROAD REPd BY 93rd REGt 1768 TRANSFERRED TO COMMRs FOR H.R.& B. (highland roads & bridges) IN THE YEAR 1814′
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- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
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