Ferry petition officially launched

Councillor Donald Kelly is pushing for a year-round ferry service from Campbeltown to Ayrshire.

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An online petition calling for a year-round freight and passenger ferry service between Campbeltown and Ardrossan officially launched on Wednesday.

The appeal was submitted to the Scottish Parliament by South Kintyre councillor Donald Kelly and fellow Argyll First councillor Dougie Philand as a result of ongoing disruption, and the suggested 10-year timescale for a permanent solution, on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful.

The supporting documentation reads: ‘We have campaigned relentlessly on behalf of businesses and constituents in Argyll and Bute for a permanent solution to the A83 Rest and Be Thankful scenario.

‘Whilst recognising that the Scottish Government has at long last agreed to implement a permanent solution to this problem, the businesses and constituents of Argyll and Bute cannot suffer the continuous cost, uncertainty and upheaval for a further decade.’

Members of the public have until March 10 to comment on the petition, and councillors Kelly and Philand are asking as many people as possible to show their support, regardless of their political persuasions.

Councillor Kelly said: ‘Not only will this provide a much-needed lifeline, it has the potential to benefit the whole of the Argyll and Bute area and beyond.’

The document can be viewed on the following link: www.parliament.scot/gettinginvolved/petitions/campbeltownadrossanferry