Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has blasted the Scottish Government’s handling of the A9 dualling project at Killiecrankie labelling it a “shambles” after Keith Brown confirmed that a Public Local Inquiry has not been arranged, despite previous assurances from Transport Scotland.
Two weeks ago Transport Scotland confirmed that a PLI would be held in order for people to have their say over the path of the new road.
At the time a Transport Scotland spokesman said-
“This section of the A9 is now subject to the statutory process and evidence will be heard at a public local inquiry in due course.
“Scottish Ministers will thereafter be called upon to determine this case and it is not therefore appropriate to comment on the proposals or indeed the objections that have been raised.
“As the existing A9 already runs through the site of the battlefield, any of the dual carriageway widening options -- for example widening the existing road on its northbound side or widening the existing road on its southbound side -- will have some impact on the battlefield.”
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;
“This is a complete and utter shambles. Less than two weeks ago Transport Scotland confirmed that a PLI would be held and now we have Keith Brown rowing back this position and stating nothing has been arranged.
“People in Killiecrankie have every right to be outraged by this. Clearly there are communication issues between Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government and no-one really knows what is going on.
“Local residents have lost faith in the ability of the Scottish Government to handle this process and their approach to-date has been nothing short of incompetent.
“Killiecrankie is one of Scotland’s most historic battlefields and it is clear that the Scottish Government can no longer be trusted to preserve it.”