Road safety report to be prepared for two town housing schemes

Councillor Donald Kelly.
Councillor Donald Kelly has highlighted road safety concerns in the Meadows and Davaar Avenue areas.

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A report on measures which could enhance road safety in two Campbeltown housing schemes will be discussed at a meeting of Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands (MAKI) Area Committee in March 2021, thanks to a motion put forward by a South Kintyre councillor.

The motion, submitted as a matter of urgency by Councillor Donald Kelly at a meeting earlier this month, asked members to agree to instruct officers within the Department of Development and Infrastructure to prepare a report to allow them to discuss and explore possible measures which could improve road safety in the Meadows and Davaar Avenue areas.

Councillor Rory Colville, chairman of the committee, said he considered the matter to be ‘urgent’ and, after discussions, committee members unanimously agreed the terms of the motion.

Councillor Kelly told the Courier: ‘I am pleased that the area committee supported my motion and hopefully this will be a starting point which will eventually lead to measures being put in place which will make the road network around the housing schemes safer for all.’

During councillors’ question time at the same meeting, Councillor Kelly also called for a survey be carried out in Campbeltown’s main streets regarding those with wheelchairs and prams being able to use pavements.

It was noted, in particular, that the double-lip pavement on Longrow South had been reported to cause a number of elderly people to trip.

Councillor Colville highlighted that there were some issues with people parking beside disabled crossing areas, noting that the legislation around enforcement was changing. He advised that he would request that a survey be carried out across the MAKI area with regard to pavement access for the disabled .

‘Hopefully this survey will be carried out in the not-too-distant future,’ Councillor Kelly said. ‘It is vital, in my opinion, that we take every opportunity to improve pedestrian safety and disabled access throughout the town centre.

‘The double pavement on Longrow South has been problematic for years and has been the source of numerous accidents and requires to be removed.’