Letters to the Editor – 18.2.21

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Election leaflets

Like other householders throughout Argyll and Bute, I have received a leaflet from the Conservative candidate standing in May’s Scottish election.

It is an extraordinary leaflet – not for what it says, but for what it does NOT say. Its six pages contain not a single reference to farming, fishing or aquaculture – all vital industries in Argyll and Bute.

The Tories have every reason to be mortified by the devastation their botched Brexit deal has had on the lives of our farmers and fishermen, but to simply ignore these issues is an insult to those who work in these industries and the communities that depend on them.

Les Wilson, Port Charlotte, Islay.

Speed changes around Fort William

As a virtually daily user of the A82 and a not-quite-so-frequent user of the A830 in Fort William, I’d like to offer the following suggestions on speed limits:

  • A830: From Annat Point to Blar Mhor roundabout, 40mph limit. Then 30mph from there to Lochybridge Roundabout.
  • A82: From Carr’s Corner to Lochybridge roundabout, 40mph, as it used to be until not so long ago.
  • Lochybridge roundabout to Inverlochy roundabout, 30mph. I know it used to be 40, but I think the Aldi roundabout breaks up traffic sufficiently to make it 30 for that entire stretch.
  • Inverlochy roundabout to the West End roundabout and then down the ‘Golden Mile’, no alterations needed.

That would cut down the changes between the Croit Anna Hotel and Annat Point from nine to five. Apart from the roads already mentioned, I think it would be worth considering lowering the current 30mph limit to 20mph in built-up and residential areas.
Davie Kerr, Ferry Reach, Onich. 

Parliamentary inquiry

The SNP has voted to conceal Alex Salmond’s evidence to the Parliamentary inquiry.

The Scottish Conservatives brought a vote to the Salmond Inquiry demanding that Salmond’s evidence, much of which is already in the public domain, be published.
This would allow Salmond to give crucial evidence in person about the SNP’s handling of this case. However, all the SNP MSPs on the committee voted against its publication, meaning it will not be released.

The Scottish public deserve to know the truth of what happened and why £500,000 of public money had to be paid to Salmond.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands ward.

Rest and Be Thankful

The Scottish Government’s long-awaited Infrastructure Investment Plan is a big disappointment for Argyll and Bute.

The Rest and Be Thankful only gets one small mention – it is to be ‘enhanced’ but there are no details and no cash allocated.

In contrast, roads in other parts of Scotland have detailed works planned and money set aside to pay for them.

After 14 years of failed attempts at a solution and six months after a major landslide, Argyll deserves better than a vague election promise to ‘enhance’ the road.

The only new ferries mentioned are two 100-metre vessels – the same two ferries that were promised in the 2015 infrastructure plan but still lie in a yard, years late and well over budget. Neither of these ferries is for Argyll and Bute. All we get is vague promises of a ‘long-term plan and investment programme’.

This so-called plan is a shocking neglect of Argyll and Bute.

Councillor Alan Reid, Cowal.