News in Brief – Street football, £140,000 for cycle links to rail stations, plea over maintenance of cemetery

There were complaints last week about children playing football at a bus stop in the middle of Kilcreggan village.

The children were well behaved, Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council heard, but drivers had had to brake suddenly on several occasions and noise was also an issue.

Cllr Sheena Edwards said the situation might improve with summer however.

“The King George V playing field off Fort Road is very, very muddy at the moment – it is the nearest place for them to go and play football,” she said.

“Argyll and Bute Council have never maintained it in terms of playing equipment for the children.”

Cycle links to stations on the West Highland Line will be improved thanks to a £140,000 award from the Sustrans Community Links programme.

Argyll and Bute Council submitted a bid for the funding and will work with Scotrail to complete the project by next spring.

Paths in the Barbour Cemetery in Cove are dangerous because they have not been maintained, Cllr John Auld told the community council last week.

Paths had been allowed to grass over and there was a slip risk, he warned.

Cllr Fiona Howard added: “There is a flight of steps in the cemetery which is very overgrown and the handrail is buried deep in a rhododendron bush.

“It would take about a day to do everything that needs to be done there.”

Chairman Nick Davies said he would write to Argyll and Bute Council about the issue.

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