Comment posted A83 reopened now after closure for rta by Jade.
My sympathies to those involved – hope (possibly against hope) that injuries were minor.
Yet again, though, vast detours had to be put in place (also witness crash involving a coach 3 miles north of Invermoriston on A82 earlier, not to mention the A9 closure two weeks ago tomorrow with a double fatality). I should like to know when our Government is actually going to pay urgent attention to infrastructure outside the central belt?
I will no doubt antagonise SNP supporters by saying that, whereas I previously supported independence, I feel that the more rural and remote areas of Scotland would find themselves in an identical situation with an independent Scotland as the present situation in England (and indeed GB) – i.e. London/SEcentric. Believe me, the English saying about ignoring anything “north of the Watford gap” is not a joke! I fear we will see a repetition here in Scotland come independence. Politicians are the same everywhere,just with varying degrees.
Recent comments by Jade
- Going well: Western and Northern Isles’ three days of serious talks in London on devolution
So? We ARE supposed to live in a democracy! Councils are required to take the circumstances of all of their residents into account. Sadly, when you get down to the numbers game (votes), at whatever level of government, the bigger ones win – we complain about Westminster in general in Scotland (and a lot of places in England do, too) and then we have the central belt in Scotland and even FA continually goes on about the Dunoon ferries though there is a major crisis going on with Mull for example.
- Argyll dates now known for passage of Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s baton
Just goes to show what Scotland thinks of more remote places! Whether it’s yes or no in September, can’t see it making any difference – we’ll just be swapping one for the other.
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
I (fortunately) generally only suffer indirectly from the RaBT landslips but I do happen to belong to a camping and caravanning forum and the A82/A83 issues are attracting a lot of attention. The tight Loch Lomondside section north of Tarbet is the most persistent worry, though frankly, having towed ‘vans up there some 30 years ago, so long as you’re careful, it’s not a problem, but vans are bigger and some people are far less aware that what make take you 30 minutes elsewhere can take an hour in Scotland!
Now, the publicity over the Rest is coming up and at last Traffic Scotland are starting to get their act together about pointing this out, even at precious central belt rush hours. But it is concerning (as a post above details) those that are coming up to visit the area. The Kintyre peninsula has huge support for campers and caravanners on the forum and that has to have a knock-on effect on local businesses as well as the sites.
There are a number of Argyll based members of the forum who do our best to be helpful and keep folks up to date. But it is getting seriously embarrassing and in fact generally deleterious to Scotland to keep having to remind people generally that our road network is basically so abysmal. The number of moans one reads about the length of time it takes to get from A to B in Scotland is increasing and can only damage us.
- Argyll Woodfuel Forum scheduled for Mull
So why don’t people potentially interested in wood fuel know on Mull? Another clique secret?
- Councillor Semple calling for a national boycott of English banknotes
I was just south of the border and needed fuel jst over border – quickest route home – and only had Scots notes. Did know there was a problem in the Borders and had huge problems including pollis called. That’s when I found out – after many many years of no problems using Scots notes that they can be refused as not legal tender in England.
VILE experience and, given how many depend on tourism jobs in Argyll, this idea is shooting the county in the guts, not just the foot!
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