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This page was last updated: Thu, 30/10/2014 - 09:49
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A83 Rest and be Thankful update Last updated: 30 Oct 2014 - 09:49 (originally posted: 30 Oct 2014 - 09:49)

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 30/10/2014, UPDATE 08:15 (provided by Bear Scotland)

The team from BEAR Scotland have continued to work overnight facilitating the operation of the Old Military Road local diversion route which has ensured that Argyll stays open for business during the landslide at the Rest and be Thankful. The convoy operation has again operated satisfactorily overnight with no incidents of note. The use of the diversion route during the hours darkness follows risk assessments undertaken by Police Scotland and BEAR Scotland and has incorporated several improvements to the signing,  lighting and operation of the convoy following the first use  of the road earlier this year.

Work on the removal of over 2,000 tonnes of debris from the road and slope progressed well yesterday and effort will now be concentrated on completing this work and making safe the situation to allow the road to reopen later today. This will involve the removal of further loose material and the stabilisation, removal or splitting of boulders which pose a danger to motorists.

This work commenced at 07:00 first light, and whilst there is light rain there at present this is clearing, albeit a showery day is forecast, and at visibility on the slope will continue to be monitored and may have an impact on progress as the safety of those on site remains paramount.

It is currently targeted to re-open the road in late afternoon with safety barriers in place and under traffic signal control as a precautionary measure.

What else is going on elsewhere on the A83?

Safety barrier and temporary traffic signals have also been installed overnight at A83 Glen Kinglas, West of the Rest and be Thankful at the site for a further landslide. This is a precautionary measure at present given the saturated conditions on the hillside and the risk of further debris flows

The public is advised to seek the latest information on Further updates will be given throughout the day on how this work is progressing.

Where’s the best place to get live up to date information?

BEAR Scotland will be feeding information to Traffic Scotland which will be available at and via Twitter @trafficscotland as well as supported by BEAR Scotland at @NWTrunkRoads and will also be feeding information to BBC Radio Scotland Travel Desk who issue regular travel updates during morning drivetime broadcasts.

What alternative travel options are available?

Alternative diversion route A82/ A85 / A819: Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich – Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally - Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray, turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally – Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich – Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance: 58.8 miles.

Ferry services are available from Western Ferries with up to date information available at by phone 01369 704452 or email 

Live travel updates will be available via and via Twitter at @TrafficScotland

BEAR Scotland would like to thank the community in Argyll & Bute for their assistance during this incident including the forwarding and distribution of information to their own wider contact groups through social media etc and making sure people know Argyll and Bute is open for business.

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There are no reported disruptions to schools.

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Victoria Hall Campbeltown closed for maintenance (10/11 - 19/12) - Last updated: Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:23
(originally posted: Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:23)

The Victoria Hall in Campbeltown will be closed for essential maintenance from 10th November to 19th December. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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There are no reported disruptions to bin collections

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There are currently no reported disruptions to council run ferries.

You can get updates on ferry sailings on individual ferry operator websites

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Online planning and building standards system unavailable until further notice - Last updated: Mon, 27/10/2014 - 14:45
(originally posted: Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:45)

Our online planning and building standards system is currently unavailable due to essential maintenance, and will not be available until further notice. We hope to have the system up and running again as soon as possible - we will update this page with more information as soon as it is available. If you are looking for information about an application or to make a comment on an application, please contact us at

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this ongoing disruption causes.

Problems with online planning and building standards system - Last updated: Thu, 11/09/2014 - 13:52
(originally posted: Tue, 19/08/2014 - 11:40)

We are currently having technical problems with our online planning and building standards system, and you may not be able to view applications or associated documents. If you can't access information you are looking for, our staff will be happy to help:

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, and hope to have this fixed as soon as possible.


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