Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, and Highland Ward Councillor, John Duff, have welcomed news from Transport Scotland that the proposed A9 route through Killiecrankie will be subject to a public local inquiry.
Campaigners have been fighting to preserve the historic battlefield and today’s news has been welcomed by the KilliecrAnkie 1689 group.
Transport Scotland have confirmed that this section of the route will be subject to a public local inquiry and thereafter Scottish Ministers will be called upon to determine the case.
Murdo Fraser believes that this is due recognition for the hard work of local campaigners and hopes that transport bosses will now consider alternate, less invasive, options for the road.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“This is a good start for campaigners but there is still a long way to go before Killiecrankie is safe from development.
“Over the past six months I have questioned the Government and put down a motion in Parliament on the proposed route and it is good to see that sense has finally been seen.
“Killiecrankie Battlefield is part of our rich history and it would be scandalous if this was compromised without a proper hearing or other route options being considered.
“It is now up to the Government to hear these concerns and consider evidence not just from local campaigners but from our heritage agencies who are also concerned about this route.”
Commenting Highland Ward Councillor, John Duff said;
“During the recent by-election I spoke to countless residents who were concerned about the proposed A9 route and the damage it could do to the battlefield and our history.
“Now, local people have the chance to have their views heard and it’s important that Transport Scotland and Government Ministers give them a fair hearing.
“Other route options for this stretch of dual carriageway exist and it would be unforgiveable if these weren’t explored.
“A compromise for both campaigners and Transport Scotland exists and it’s important for Scottish Government Ministers to find it.”