The Argyll First petition – Sign for the A83 – is in the process of being heard by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee .
Transport Minister Keith Brown is appearing before the committee in September.
Between now and then, all responses to the petition must be with the committee by 24th August.
Public responses from Argyll and the isles are being coordinated by Councillor Dougie Philand of Argyll First who has asked that they are with him by 12th August.
The petition itself can be found here (and you may also still sign it).
It is asking that the Scottish Government ‘address the many issues which currently exist on the A83′ These include the vulnerability of landslides (which as we know to our cost can occur in the high season as well as in the winter); the pinch point at Inveraray, between Lochgilphead and Tarbert; the lack of safe crossing points at Ardrishaig and Tarbert; and trunking the rest of the A83 between Kennacraig and Campbeltown.
- Argyll First (Councillors Donald Kelly, John McAlpine and Dougie Philand) appeared before the petitions committee on Tuesday 16th May, with cross party support from Argyll and Bute MSP, Michael Russell (SNP) and Highlands and Islands MSP, Jamie McGrigor (Scottish Conservative).
- The committee approved the petition and went on to seek further reports from:
- Transport Scotland
- Argyll and Bute Council
- Strathclyde Police
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- Scottish ambulance dept.
The responses to Petition PE1428 received to date frm these bodies are here, so that you can see what they have said:
- PE1428_C Argyll and Bute Council 26.07.12
- PE1428_A Transport Scotland 02 07 12
- PE1428_D HIE 27.07.12
- PE1428_E Scottish Ambulance Service 27.07.12
- PE1428_B ACPOS 11.07.12
Whether you are a business or a private individual, your response to this petition – your own case for the need for the Scottish Government to address the situation with the A83 as a matter of urgency - will be of serious help to getting action on this matter and will be valued.
None of the response form the organisations above are long and are worth a scan before you send your own.
Argyll and the Isles cannot any longer accept that the strenuous efforts being made to develop its economic sustainability by innovative and serious private sector investment, by business initiatives and by our inspirational Argyll and the Isles Strategic Tourism Partnership are simply swept into oblivion by landslides closing our only core road access.
Why would anyone choose to stage a major event in Argyll, contract with an Argyll business on anything outside Internet delivery or book a major holiday when they cannot be certain that they would not meet queuing and frightened traffic and a sudden hour long detour into the highlands to get to their destination?
Disruption to movements and the increased fuel costs involved in an hour long diversion see our tourism and transport sectors imperilled. Argyll cannot afford to lose any of the business base it is imperative to expand.
This is a matter for action now.
Action means a decision on a permanent solution do by the end of this year with a construction start date of not beyond 2015.
Please make your own individual business or personal case on the Argyll First petition (PE1428) and email it to Councillor Dougie Philand – Dougie.Philand@argyll-bute.gov.uk – before 12th August. Could you do it today?