MSPs hit out at protest group

A north-east MSP has hit out at the protest group responsible for delays to contruction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

Banff and Buchan representative Stewart Stevenson condemned the group as a ‘selfish minority’, adding that the road was backed by the people of the north-east.

Agents acting for William Walton, who chairs the group, served notice of their intention to object to the appeal last Wednesday.

Mr Stevenson said: “While it is right and proper that people should have the opportunity to object to developments, this has now gone on long enough. The objectors have not only had their day in court but also a second bite of the cherry at the Court of Session, where their case was comprehensively dismissed.

“The people of the North-east want this road to go ahead as quickly as possible, as does the Scottish Government. It is clear that the only thing delaying progress now is the actions of a selfish minority who refuse to accept not only the will of the courts but the will of the people.”

He was joined in his condemnation by transport minister Keith Brown, who added: “It is hugely disappointing to find that a small number of objectors opposed to the AWPR have again disregarded the wishes of the vast majority of people in the north east of Scotland and caused further delay to this vital project. The Scottish Government has an iron will to proceed with the AWPR as soon as the legal process is concluded.”