Letter: Baseless A83 Rest criticism

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Sir,

In response to Councillor Reid’s letter regarding the Rest and Be Thankful, in which he asserts that the measures the Scottish Government has carried out have failed their first test, he completely misses the point.

Highly commendable work has been carried out by Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland and GeoRope resulting in the Rest remaining open during 23 out of 24 incidents in the last three years.

If he won’t take my word for it, I’d be more than happy to provide him with the contact names of those team members to whom I have already spoken.

I had a further site visit to speak with the teams at the Rest on Friday November 9, prior to the A83 Taskforce meeting scheduled for yesterday.

This was on the same day that I attended a highly encouraging gathering of various stakeholders, comprising (cross-party) Argyll and Bute MSP, MP, councillors, businesses and individuals.

We discussed the immediate and wider impact of A83 closures in light of the most recent incident, current mitigation measures, and hopes and potential strategies for more permanent solutions.

I strongly suggest to Councillor Reid, before he embarks on any further baseless criticism, that he might like to make the effort to avail himself of some factual evidence, by having at least one face-to-face discussion with teams at the Rest.

Perhaps he might also like to attend future stakeholder meetings where he is could get positively involved rather than resorting to negative rhetoric.

It would be enlightening to hear of his previous involvement with issues affecting the Rest and Be Thankful during his 14 years as an MP.

Councillor Iain Shonny Paterson,

Lomond North.