News from the districts – June 18, 2021

Residents gathered a fleet of vessels on the shore road in Tighnabruaich to draw attention to projected sea level rise overtaking their main road by 2050. Photo: John Skarp

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Helensburgh

People are risking their lives at a railway level crossing in Cardross, according to Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police.

Since July 2020 there have been six serious incidents of misuse reported at the crossing including motorists jumping the lights; vehicles striking the barriers and a pedestrian crossing while the barriers were coming down.

Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said: ‘It cannot be stressed enough how vital it is that these crossings are not misused, including the level crossing within my constituency at Cardross.

‘As lockdown eases and train services become more frequent again, it is paramount we all know what we can each do to keep ourselves and others safe.’

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Route Director for Scotland, said: ‘Misusing a level crossing can be incredibly dangerous. By paying attention to the warnings at crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way.

British Transport Police temporary chief superintendent Gill Murray said: ‘Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries.’

Oban

Oban Sea Cadets are looking for new shipmates.

The cadets recently celebrated a commendation by Sea Cadets Northern Area Officer Commander Garry Farmer, recognising their efforts to keep going during the Covid 19 pandemic by meeting online.

Petty Officer Rab Neil said the cadets were pleased with the commendation just as the group starts a recruitment drive for boys and girls aged ten to 17.

They can now meet in person at the Cadet Hall in Tweeddale Street every Thursday at 6.30pm.

Anyone interested in joining should email trainingobanscadets@gmail.com or telephone Petty Officer Neil on  07876697415

Campbeltown

Members of Kintyre Wheelers Cycling Club hit the track at Machrihanish Airport Community Company Business Park after a 15-month break from events.

Twelve riders from Kintyre and Mid Argyll lined up to take part in a 10-mile time trial in sunny conditions on Sunday May 30.

Club chairman Robbie Semple, who recorded the fastest time, said: ‘It is great for the club to get back out to MACC as it offers a good surface with little traffic.

‘Not all of our riders are here to race hard but simply to enjoy the safe environment created by the sanctioned event.’

The cycling time trials at MACC are now in their third year and are run by the club during the summer while mountain biking events and road cycles are held throughout the year.

Tighnabruaich

Residents worried about future flooding paddled down a Tighnabruaich road to raise awareness.

According to predicted sea level rise, Tighnabruaich’s main road could be underwater  by 2050.

Concerned villagers gathered a fleet to make a video which will be used as part of a livestream event by Extinction Rebellion UK.

This was one of a number of events at coastal locations around the UK in advance of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Co-ordinator David Blair, who rallied residents to join in the MakeTheWave campaign, said: ‘We did this to highlight the real threat climate change brings wherever we live on the planet.

‘It was a fun way to raise awareness of sea level rise which will pose a serious challenge to coastal communities in the coming decades.’

PIC:

Residents gathered a fleet of vessels on the shore road in Tighnabruaich to
draw attention to projected sea level rise overtaking their main road by 2050. Photo: John Skarp. NO_T25-floodprotest