We have had information from some key A83 stakeholder representatives on Transport Scotland’s arrangements for the work going on to turn the old military road in Glen Croe into an emergency diversion route.
One went to the site – where work has started and is making good progress – and asked to see the plans.
There is quite reasonably a continuing concern about large trucks and coaches getting up the hairpin at the Rest and Be Thankful end of the glen.
Transport Scotland have not yet made public the specific details of what they intend to do there.
The answer was that the contractors ‘haven’t got any plans’.
One stakeholder was talking to the landowner’s son-in-law who seems to be acting as representative – and is said to have been told that there is not yet a legal agreement for the work being done on site.
Obviously there has to be a verbal agreement or the Scotland Transerv contractors could not be on the site and could not be working on the old road.
But if there is no legal agreement in place, it is open to the landlord to ask them to leave at any time, with the consequent loss of the investment of public money.
This stakeholder representative mentioned some matters of concern to the landowner’s son-in-law who is said to have told him to keep quiet about them and that he, the son-in-law, would look after the interests of the group in question.
While Transport Scotland cannot be responsible for anything the landowner’s son-in-law may or may not have said to the stakeholder concerned, if any of this information is correct, too much about what is being done seems loosely ad hoc.
We have consequently asked Transport Scotland if they can confirm that, as of Friday 31st August:
- the contractors had plans on site to which they were working
- they will immediately publish these plans online so that they may be seen
- there is a documented legal agreement in place between Transport Scotland and the landowner concerned
- they are not using anyone except Jacobs, their contracted consultant, as an interface between A83 stakeholders concerns and the decisions taken on the old military road.