Dunbeg Community Council meets back in person

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Dunbeg is one of Argyll’s first community councils to meet in person since the pandemic.

Four of the growing neighbourhood’s community councillors hosted the meeting on Monday at Dunbeg Parish Church, attended by Argyll and Bute councillors Elaine Robertson and Kieron Green along with five members of the public and The Oban Times.

Community councillors have been keeping in touch with each other during the absence of meetings but it was good to be back, said convener Marion Power, who also praised the community spirit throughout the village during lockdown.

November 15  will see the return of Taynuilt Community Council to the village hall.

The Dunbeg meeting was updated on matters from the new-homes build to progress on the new science park and plans for a new roundabout and potential park-and-ride scheme.

Transport Scotland has instructed BEAR Scotland to find a way of improving the village bus stop – the Glasgow-Oban bus is too big to get round the roundabout in Lorn Road.

Funds from St John’s Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms have secured a defibrillator for Dunbeg.

Community councillors have agreed funding to buy new noticeboards for the area.

Concern over speed limits and about safe routes to school were also discussed.

Highland and Islands Enterprise, which is behind the new science park build, has told the community council it plans to bring back some of the trees that had to be uprooted during the construction.

Councillors are to follow up reports that homes in a square on Hillside and Lochnell Road have been left in the dark for two years due to faults with street lighting. A member of the public who tripped on the pavement and fell into a fence told the meeting ‘the whole square is pitch black’.

Councillor Robertson urged the community council to join Dunbeg Development steering group, which will restart at a meeting on December 1, keeping people informed and involved with plans and work in the area. The community council’s secretary Linda Robb will be attending.