Argyllshire Advertiser leader column – March 26, 2021

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Listening

After 14 years of spending eye-watering sums of taxpayers’ money on ‘mitigation’ – the cheapest option (ironically) in an earlier Jacob’s report – the Scottish Government has selected the Glen Croe corridor.

If politicians had listened when they were repeatedly told by local people about the dangers and economic importance of this route years ago, the public purse could have saved money and we would have a permanent solution by now.

In truth, the Glen Croe corridor seemed the only realistic suggestion of the 11 ‘options’ announced in the autumn – with the others seemingly red herrings. The reasons for their inclusion remain a mystery.

While the decision on a corridor is welcome, it means little without a final route selection with a timeframe. We trust this will continue to be treated as a political priority beyond May’s election.

Unprecedented

On a chilly day up at Mid Argyll Hospital, staff reflected on the year of Covid. We owe Argyll and Bute health and care workers a huge debt of gratitude for looking after us in an unprecedented time.

The piping by Charles was excellent, with Martin Gillespie’s very appropriate tune adding something special.