Thursday, 16 July 2015
Our Lifeline Road
For readers who don't know West Ardnamurchan, we have only this one road - a narrow, windy, potholed, single-track affair - which connects us to 'civilisation'. Were it to be cut, we would be separated from our supplies of food, fuel and other daily needs, our doctors, the ambulance and the local hospital, and it would, of course, stop all visitors coming here - and this community depends heavily on tourism.
The road has been cut before, but never completely. However, what is now happening along the steep section at Ardslignish brae is cause for considerable concern. Several people who pass along the road regularly have commented that it is almost visibly sliding down the hill, and the crack certainly seems longer and larger every time we pass it.
Our Community Council has been talking to senior engineers at Highland Council, and they acknowledge that this problem is serious, but I don't know that any contingency plans have been put in hand for when - not 'if' - it goes.