If Argyll is classed as an island under …

Comment posted Argyll First A83 petition at parliament’s Public Petitions Committee by Treble T.

If Argyll is classed as an island under EU rules then it should qualify for the Special Islands Needs Allowance (SINA).

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7 Responses to If Argyll is classed as an island under …

  1. The video archive of the Petitions Committee starts about 36 mins. in.

    Two points I caught from this :

    1 That funding was allocated 6 years ago for work on the ‘pinch points’ between Ardrishaig & Tarbert but has never been spent. (Jackson Carlaw) Why not?

    2 According to the committee convenor (Dave Stewart) Argyll is classed as an island under EU rules. Does this not have some effect on funding in many areas?

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    • Absolutely – on both points.
      And funding was also allocated 6 years ago for the accident black spot at The Erinnes on the untrunked section of he A83 between Kennacraig and Campbeltown. Six years ago was within the political authority of the current administration – Stewart Stevenson, one of the east coast in-crowd. was Transport Minister, Where did that money go?

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      • Just to clarify: the Erines ‘narrows’ are on the trunked section – between Ardrishaig & Tarbert, and became even more obviously inadequate after the landslide damaged stretches immediately to the north were rebuilt but the opportunity to ‘fix’ Erines was ducked.

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  2. Newsroom: I would hope that John Finney still has that money earmarked for the A83 and I would agree with Robert’s clarification of the location of the Erines narrows.

    In addition why (and when) was the Kennacraig/Campbeltown stretch ‘de-trunked’? We have a wind-tower production factory there and surely if even the Convenor of the Petitions Committee can see that the de-trunking was a mistake (my inference from what was said) then surely Transport Scotland should publish the criteria required for it’s re-instatement.

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