Speed measures in Kilmallie make slow but steady progress

Susannah Calderan and Russell Leaper were distributing the new bin stickers. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F20 Corpach speed limit 01
Susannah Calderan and Russell Leaper distributed the new bin stickers earlier this month. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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Road safety issues were once again top of the agenda at Monday night’s meeting of Kilmallie Community Council with progress being made on all fronts.

Having taken delivery of their new 30mph wheelie bin stickers earlier this month it was reported that around a quarter of households within a selected area that had received one were using them. Member Russell Leaper, who carried out the research, said that the amount being used was not as many as hoped but that the weather that week had been horrendous and may have put residents off.

‘It’s early days yet and I only surveyed one area so hopefully the recent press coverage and a piece in our newsletter will encourage more people to use them,’ he said.

Members are now looking to extend the A830 campaign and obtain similar 20mph stickers for residents in Banavie and Camaghael.

Members at Monday night’s meeting were also updated on the Fort William Active Travel Group’s speed reviews and were informed that although Police Scotland did not like the idea of making the dual carriageway a 30mph zone they were willing to consider reducing the speed limit beyond the sawmill.

All agreed that keeping the speed limits in line with the proportion of ‘built up’ area in vicinity made sense and that a reduction from 60mph to 50mph in areas further out would be a sensible option.

The proposals will go out to public consultation once completed.

Also under Active Travel, ‘give cyclists space’ signs are being monitored, Banavie Swing Bridge 30mph restriction and crossing are being reviewed and plans for a cycle route from Annat to Lochyside Caravan Park were under discussion.