AN ARROCHAR resident has insisted that it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs on a key stretch of road through the village.

Christopher Johnstone has called for the speed limit on Church Road to be reduced from 30mph to a “twenty’s plenty” zone, as motorists are not abiding by the current restrictions and this “spells disaster” for other drivers and children playing in the area.

Mr Johnstone told the Advertiser he wants to see preventative action taken now before it is too late.

He said: “There have not been any car accidents on the road, but over a period of time there will be if people decide to ignore the speed limit, it needs to be lowered.

“My family’s cat was killed a few weeks ago, which was the third cat this year. This could have easily been a child.

“It is a built-up area and children play at the park. The local school children get picked up for school at two places on Church Road and people use the local service bus.

“What does it really take before something is going to be done about this? Someone must have a duty of care for everyone’s safety.”

Mr Johnstone claimed he had approached Argyll and Bute Council about introducing speed bumps on the road but was told that these may hinder emergency service vehicles passing through.

A council spokesperson said: “Enforcement of speed limits is a matter for the police. With regard to the speed limit, we are watching the progress of the new Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill, which went before the Scottish Parliament recently.

"In line with a number of other local authorities, we want to see what the implications are before we start implementing new 20mph zones throughout the area.”