Two local Argyll politicians have called on the general public to participate in Transport Scotland’s ongoing public consultation into a new route into Argyll in response to a series of landslides at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.
Following years of local campaigns, and calls from politicians across the political divide, Transport Scotland announced eleven potential options for new access to Argyll, and are holding a public consultation which is due to close on 30th October.
A final decision is set to be made in March 2021, and Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron received an assurance from the First Minister at First Ministers Questions that this would be met.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:
“It is so important that Transport Scotland’s consultation receives maximum input from local residents who live across Argyll and Bute, especially in the areas that are most affected by landslides at the Rest and Be Thankful.
“I would therefore urge local residents and business owners to go to Transport Scotland’s website, look at the options available and participate, so that the Scottish Government know exactly what local people want.”
Depute Policy Lead for Financial Services and Major Projects Cllr Andrew Vennard said:
“This potential project could have significant economic benefits for Argyll and Bute.
The options on offer differ vastly, so it is imperative that we get it right, and the final decision reflects the views of the people who will use it most.”