A MP has urged the Scottish Government to “listen to the people” after a survey showed overwhelming support for plans to dual the A96 from Inverurie to Huntly along the existing route.
Gordon MP Colin Clark said his constituency mailbag has been “inundated” with responses about the route. A public consultation on various options closes on Thursday (Nov 22).
The Scottish Conservative MP canvassed the views of local residents that will likely be affected by the development.
The vast majority of those that responded, 78%, want the road to stick as closely as possible to the existing route.
Nearly 300 people took part in the survey, with 10,000 engagements on the issue on Mr Clark’s Facebook page.
As an MP at Westminster, Mr Clark will have no say on what happens. The current plans are being dealt with by the Scottish Government, while Aberdeenshire councillors will also have input.
The survey provided four options – to go through local farmland, follow the existing route and dual where necessary, to abandon the plan altogether or pursue any other option.
Mr Clark has made publicly clear that he lives near one of the proposed routes (the so-called blue route) but said that should “not preclude him” from representing the views of his constituents.
He said: “The vast majority of those who have undertaken the survey – around 80% - have backed the development to stick as much as possible to the original route.
“This is a relatively small sample, but a clear pattern has emerged.
“The proposed routes north of the current A96 are attracting a lot of negative comments.
“My constituency inbox is overwhelmingly full of people outraged by the environmental damage these routes could cause.
“I have made clear for the record that I live along one of the proposed routes, but that should not preclude me from representing the views of my constituents.
Colin Clark MP