At the meeting of the A83 Taskforce on Monday past, 25th February, two councillors alone did try to put an obstruction in the way of Transport Minister, Keith Brown, in his largely unresisted rolling over of the local delegates.
The minister asked the meeting for its support for the ‘red option’ – which he had, in fact, actually had underway continually since the last meeting, without either asking for or receiving any consent from the Taskforce delegates.
At this point, Councillor Duncan McIntyre, a recent addition to the Taskforce, reminded the Minister that the council had asked for the red option as a short term fix only – and the development of the green route as an acceptable ‘business case’ option for the permanent solution.
Councillor Philand agreed with Councillor McIntyre on this issue and made that clear to the minister too.
The ‘red option’ was the cheapest, the least able and the only one not to be a permanent solution of the six options identified by the consultants, Jacobs, in their commissioned study. It amounts to nothing more than some more drainage on the hill and stringing more netting in the way of potential landslides.
At the last meeting, the Taskforce roundly rejected this option,
Perhaps they would like to explain why they have now accepted it- especially since it has been effected as a fait accompli, without their consent and in the face of their earlier rejection?
It seems that Councillors McIntyre and Philand were the only two members of the Taskforce who remained aware of their delegated responsibilities in this matter.