Councillors, businesses and citizen action groups in the Argyll region of Scotland are being urged not to “go easy” on Scotland’s new-look cabinet over the troubled Rest and Be Thankful road.
Argyll and Bute’s provost has called for the council to keep the pressure on new Scottish transport secretary, Kevin Stewart, on the stretch of the A83.
The road is frequently closed to traffic because of landslip fears leading to disruptive diversions, with the local council pleading for a “permanent solution“.
The Argyllshire Advertiser reports that Maurice Corry, Lomond North councillor, made the “don’t go easy” call after Argyll and Bute Council leader Robin Currie reported back from a meeting with Mr Stewart’s predecessor Jenny Gilruth.
Kintyre and the Islands councillor Currie’s report stated funding had been pledged by Ms Gilruth for the stretch of the trunk road.
Councillor Currie said: “The most important thing I got from that meeting was the question I asked Ms Gilruth about funding for the Rest and Be Thankful.
“She confirmed this was a priority for the Scottish Government and monies were guaranteed for the scheme.
“That was really good to hear.”
Provost Corry responded: “I was at that meeting too. Let’s keep the pressure on Mr Stewart and push this through.”
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