Keep roads safe

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There is, with some justification, concern at cycling events coming to Arran given the state of the island’s roads.

They are in a very poor state following the severe winter weather and mainland organisers should be aware what participants in their events will be facing.

We also do not think it unreasonable that sporting events coming to the island should give fair and prior warning to the authorities of their plans.

To this end we are pleased that the long discussed process of sharing information between the authorities, the emergency services and community groups in now bearing fruit and this will be further developed at the meeting next week.

We want the island to be open to everyone. But if the activities of one selfish group impinges on the enjoyment of others then we feel it only right that it should be regulated.

Increasingly there are a lot of competing pressures, on the roads, as well as elsewhere as the island succeeds in attracting more and more tourists.

And while it may seem harsh to call for a cycle event ban, if it helps to promote a debate on how island events, which are getting bigger and more frequent, are handled then we are right behind it.

Arran’s few roads are not a playground so let’s keep everyone safe.