New cash pot earmarked for pathway repairs, but road repairs hit by Brexit effect

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A £201,000 programme of footway repairs is earmarked for Oban, Lorn and the Isles, a report has revealed.

Argyll and Bute Council invested £0.5million in enhancing footpaths across the region as part of its budget in February 2021, to add to a further £0.4million for green transport and travel.

Details of the areas which will benefit from the £0.9million cash pot, to be used across Argyll and Bute, have now been revealed, with Taynuilt Village Main Street earmarked for a £31,000 allocation.

The next biggest proposed allocation is £29,000 for removal of block paving at Combie Street in Oban, while £20,000 allocations are also planned for Oban High Street, Lochnell Road in North Connel, and Bunessan, on Mull.

Albany Street in Oban is proposed to receive a £19,000 share of the pot, with other planned allocations varying from £5,000 to £11,000.

Councillors will be asked to endorse the programme of footpath works at a virtual meeting of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee on Thursday, September 2.

Council executive director Kirsty Flanagan said of the allocations: ‘Members’ views were sought via a communication to the area committee chairs on potential schemes and where possible these have been incorporated into the programme.’

However, the same report also reveals that the council is starting to see some disruption to material supplies for its roads capital reconstruction programme.

The year’s programme will see 229.3km of road treated – equivalent to more than 10 per cent of the authority’s total adopted network.

Ms Flanagan added: ‘Members should note that we are starting to see some disruption in material supplies, for example cement supplies in many local builders’ merchants have been depleted due in part to demands from other large UK construction projects, the ability for some European cement production to be maintained on reported logistical challenges due mainly to limited numbers of truck drivers.

‘In addition to this, key materials such as cement and bitumen have seen double figure percentage increases in cost, which is reflected in the actual costs of works.’