Letter: Will crossing ‘elf’ and safety be taken seriously?

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Sir,

Reading the front page of the Courier last week, I realised that what we want for Christmas is a zebra, pelican or possibly a toucan crossing.

However there are two clauses, not one, in Santa’s wish list and they are procrastination and austerity.

In these Dickensian times the Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel (KCPP) has also campaigned to have the situation resolved with a sack full of communications with Transport Scotland over the years.

On December 19 it is a year (happy anniversary) since representatives from the KCPP, Campbeltown Community Council and Argyll and Bute Council met at the crossing points with Transport Scotland.

The Campbeltown groups were able to demonstrate the difficulties people had with these non-standard and dangerous road markings, the beige painted strips are not crossings.

An investigation was promised.

After further reminders, on September 10 KCPP was told by Transport Scotland’s representative that: ‘The survey data is still being analysed and I hope to receive feedback in the next few weeks.

‘I’ll be back in touch when I have something tangible to report.’

If the survey data is ‘still being analysed’ what further assessment work is required? Santa’s first clause.

Santa’s second clause may hopefully be addressed at government levels by our MP and MSP as it is they who are custodians of the magic money tree.

So will we get our Christmas wish?

Will Transport Scotland get its skates on? Maybe, but at which Christmas and will elf and safety be taken seriously?

Andrew Hemmings,

112 Sound of Kintyre,

Campbeltown.