Road restrictions impact the vulnerable

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Shopper-Aide’s project manager told the Courier she was ‘jumping up and down with anger’ when she realised at the last minute that parking restrictions meant its Elderberries club could not go ahead last week.

Joan Stewart said the charity was given no prior warning that works which prevented parking on George Street and Queen Street last week were scheduled to take place.

The restrictions meant the elderly and vulnerable people who attend the Elderberries club, many of whom have limited mobility or use wheelchairs, could not be dropped off at Campbeltown Free Church where the club meets every Tuesday and Thursday for four hours each day.

Joan said: ‘We couldn’t park on George Street to drop-off the elderly people who attend. As Queen Street was also coned off, the closest place we could park was North Shore Street but that is too far for many of them to walk, especially uphill.’

Joan explained that the cancellation of Elderberries impacted up to 30 elderly people each day, and also meant last-minute phonecalls had to be made to carers as well as Woodlands Resource Centre and Kintyre Care Home so that other arrangements could be made.

‘If we’d had prior knowledge, we could have tried to work with the council to arrange drop-off times,’ Joan added.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson told the Courier: ‘Advanced warning signs were put in place to advise motorists of parking restrictions but, because these are essential works lasting less than five days, there was no requirement for us to promote a temporary traffic regulation order and advertise in the local press. Public notices were not displayed and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

‘We are sorry to hear the group had to cancel their meetings. If they had got in touch with us we would have been more than happy to work with them to try and accommodate their needs.’