Councillor demands answers over dualling

Councillor Gillian Owen has accused the transport minister of failing to answer her questions on A90 dualling beyond Ellon.
Councillor Gillian Owen has accused the transport minister of failing to answer her questions on A90 dualling beyond Ellon.

An Ellon councillor has demanded answers from Transport Minister Keith Brown on dualling plans for the A90 north of the town.

Gillian Owen has accused Mr Brown of treating her to a “history lesson” in a reply last week over upgrading of the Ellon-Peterhead section.

The councillor is spearheading the Why Stop at Ellon? campaign to have the busy link between the towns dual carriageway.

It was given a recent boost when MEP Ian Duncan pledged to seek Brussels backing for the initiative

But Mrs Owen - furious over her wait for a response from Mr Brown - has branded the letter “deeply frustrating“.

She said: “Instead of answering any of the points I raised, he has given me a history lesson forgetting obviously that I am a local councillor and already know the information provided. My concerns were not about the AWPR that in theory is in the past, it is the future I care about.”

The councillor added: “The economic benefits that dualling the A90 from Ellon to Peterhead can bring are vast.

“We need to encourage those large businesses that already rely on the A90 for connectivity a reason to stay by enhancing our transport network which surely everyone agrees is no longer fit for purpose to serve the 21st century.”

Mrs Owen has written again to the minister.

The letter states: “It is really disturbing that a councillor like myself has sought answers from a more senior representative in government, yet all I am treated to is a history lesson on the AWPR.

“What concerns me more is your vision for the North-east and, in particular, the Energetica Corridor to Peterhead. It is the future I need your comments on, not the past.”

The councillor draws attention to the North-east having had no new transport infrastructure since the completion of Laurencekirk station in 2008.

Transport Scotland said recently they recognised the A90 as an important route for businesses along the North-east coast, particularly the Energetic Corridor.

The government agency has been working with Nestrans - the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire - to develop a brief for the corridor.

Nestrans announced this week that three companies, SIAS, Peter Brett Associates and Natural Capital, have been appointed to undertake the study.