Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has labelled historic battlefield protections “worthless” if the Scottish Government rubber stamps building on the Killiecrankie site in Perthshire.
During Culture Questions in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Conservative member grilled the Cabinet Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, on current protections with building projects currently endangering both the Killiecrankie and Culloden battlefields.
In response, Fiona Hyslop, stated that there were a variety of protections in place, and “particular consideration” would be given to these battlefields in the planning process. She also confirmed that Scottish Government Ministers will have a final say on whether Killiecrankie will form part of the new dualled A9.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“Fiona Hyslop outlined a number of protections in place to prevent construction on our historic battlefields but these will be rendered worthless if the green light is given to road building on the battlefield at Killiecrankie.
“The decision now sits at St Andrews House and only SNP Ministers can prevent significant chunks of the battlefield being lost.
“The success of TV series like ‘Outlander’ has introduced a whole new generation to our history and many of these viewers are travelling to Scotland to visit the sites featured in the books and on TV. It would be unforgiveable if these were tarmacked when a clear and obvious alternate route exists.
“Ultimately, the buck stops with the SNP and the Scottish Government and it is imperative that our rich history is protected from development.”