Ferry plea on petitions committee agenda

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Calls for a ‘lifeline’ ferry link between Campbeltown and Ardrossan will be discussed once again by a Scottish Parliament committee next week.

The petition for a year-round freight and passenger ferry service between the two ports will be on the agenda for a meeting of the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee on Wednesday, December 1.

The document was submitted by South Kintyre councillor Donald Kelly and fellow Argyll First councillor Dougie Philand in response to the consistent A83 road closures caused by landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful, and the suggested 10-year timescale for a permanent solution, although it should not be considered as an alternative or compromise to a permanent solution to the issues at the Rest.

It was last discussed by the petitions committee, which decides what actions should be taken for all public petitions which meet its rules, in September, when the committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government about the proposal.