Council welcomes appeal date on western peripheral route

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ABERDEENSHIRE’S Council leader has welcomed news that the date of RoadSense’s appeal against construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route has been brought forward.

The appeal, which it had been suggested might not be heard until 2013, was brought forward to December of this year following lobbying by Transport Scotland for an urgent disposal. RoadSense lost their previous appeal last month, following Lord Tyre’s ruling that the consultation period for the road had been acceptable. They have, since then, decided to appeal the ruling.

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Anne Robertson said: “I am very encouraged by today’s news that the appeal will be heard this year. The ongoing delays to this project have led to growing frustration that is becoming more and more vocal as time moves on,

“The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is essential to the future prosperity of the north-east of Scotland and I sincerely hope that the outcome of the appeal will allow the project to move forward without any further delay.”

At the last count, 14, 798 people had signed a petition urging the pressure group to drop its legal challenge.