Islands miss out on timber route funds

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The islands are missing out on timber route funding – but four routes in Argyll and Bute have claimed cash.
The four are Kilchrenan B845, West Loch Awe C30, Kilmichael Glen c38 and the B800 West Cowal, which will take a share of Argyll and Bute Council’s allocation of £554,000.
Islanders on Mull had hoped that more cash would be made available for the south island road network prior to major harvesting work which is due to take place.
The Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which has this year benefited from an additional Scottish Government investment of £5 million, is supporting improvement works on 48 minor rural roads across Scotland.
David Sulman, executive director of the UK Forest Products Association, and who also chairs the Strategic Timber Transport Fund’s Assessment Panel, said: ‘The considerable interest shown in the fund is extremely heartening. It further demonstrates the industry’s responsible approach to timber transport, be it by road, sea or rail.’