Leader, January 14 2022

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Rest probe is needed

Those responsible for the more than £100 million fiasco at the landslip-prone Rest and Be Thankful need to be held to account.

The amount of money spent is astronomical and continues to rise and this must be scrutinised, as per the petition by councillors Donald Kelly and Dougie Philand.

As the councillors pointed out, the preferred permanent solution was first mooted in 2012.

What is the additional cost to the public purse of continuing mitigation measures for a decade before choosing that option?

If permanent works had started in 2012, they would probably be compete by now and may not have cost as much.

On the topic of landslips, it was saddening to learn that part of the rockface on Davaar Island had broken and fallen onto the rocks below.

Erosion is continually taking place, with landscapes constantly changing, but the effect of climate change on weather is bound to exacerbate it and increase the chance of landslides and rockfalls occurring.

Perhaps the millions of pounds spent on temporary fixes at the Rest and Be Thankful could have been spent on mitigating the effects of climate change and therefore reducing the chance of further landslips.