Leader – February 12 2021

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Get behind ferry petition

A petition calling for a year-round ferry service from Campbeltown to Ardrossan garnered 1,000 signatures within a week of going live.

While this is not an insignificant number, the population of Campbeltown alone is nearly 5,000 and a ferry service stands to benefit people throughout Argyll.

The aim is to have road equivalent tariff applied to the service. This is a ferry pricing system that brings the cost of sailings down to match a formula generated by the Scottish Government meaning that, in theory, tickets should cost no more than an equivalent journey on the road.

Aside from the ongoing issues at the Rest and Be Thankful, the A83 suffers its fair share of closures as a result of traffic accidents and weather-related incidents. The road is the only route in and out of Argyll. To have another option could prove life-changing for those of us living in the most remote areas.

Under current restrictions, it is not possible to have paper petitions in shops for people to sign, meaning this petition is available online only. If there is someone elderly or not computer literate in your life, who would like to support the petition but doesn’t know how, please help them.

As Councillor Donald Kelly said, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we need to put forward the best possible case for the service.