Calls for new measures to slow cars at danger bend rejected

Calls for a new speed limit and speed bumps on a blind bend in the middle of Kilcreggan failed to win any backing this week.

A resident wrote to Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council highlighting the dangerous bend on Shore Road between the post office and the butcher’s shop.

He said there have been a number of near misses there and called for a 20mph limit and speed bumps, adding that there was a similar problem on Argyll Road which is used as a short cut by housing estate residents.

Chairman Nick Davies told this week’s meeting that he didn’t think speed bumps on Shore Road would go down well with community and while a 20mph liit might reduce the risk he knew that changing speed limits was not easy.

“His point is a reasonable one.,” said Mr Davides: “Although I did notice that Argyll and Bute have just repainted the SLOW sign in the road, so people who drive at high speed round that bend are simply ignoring the ‘slow’ sign.”

Community councillor John Auld said some drivers ignored the warning signs, adding: “The biggest problem, and I would expect what would have happened with the near misses, is that people would be reversing onto the main road.

“That is one of the biggest dangers, a lot of the locals reverse into the parking spaces to alleviate that problem. If there was a way to address that it would alleviate a lot of the problems.”

He added that some people already ‘use Argyll Road as a race track’ and that would get worse if there were speed bumps on shore road.

Argyll and Bute Councillor George Freeman said over the last ten years only one speed limit had been changed in the Helensburgh and Lomond area – at Ardoch near Cardross – and that had been a difficult process.

No-one at the meeting supported the idea of speed bumps and Mr Davies said the way ahead was to continue a campaign of driver education: “Speed bumps are not the answer and it is very very difficult to change speed limits.”