Owen visits AWPR sites

Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen at the Newburgh AWPR site
Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen at the Newburgh AWPR site

A local councillor took the opportunity to visit the AWPR sites between the Balmedie to Tipperty route last week.

Cllr Gillian Owen started her visit at the Balmedie site office, and was taken from there to Blackdog and up to the Murcar roundabout and back going off to the sites of the junctions at Blackdog and Balmedie.

She then went on the see Millden, South Orrock which has both an underpass and over bridge, and went on to the Newburgh road junction and followed the site behind Aitkenshill then joining the A90 again at Foveran travelling up to the Ellon Roundabout and going off onto the site of the Tipperty junction then the Pitmillan over bridge.

Cllr Owen said, “I wanted to see and hear for myself what progress was being made. I have been assured that there is no slippage in target date of Spring 2017 for completion.

“Seeing all the sites and the number of people working away was truly remarkable.

“I did take the opportunity to raise a number of concerns which constituents have raised with me and of course we talked about the weather and the impact this has had on the in terms of drainage and pollution.

“I found that the visit really helped me to understand just how big this project is and then when you add the rest of the AWPR project it brings home the massive exercise that is being carried out and I would like to pay tribute to all the workers on and off site because coordinating this a special achievement.”

Gillian added: “Some 355 people are operational on site and when you see up close the size of some of the vehicles it really is amazing, we saw a workman directing a truck and the wheels were the same height as him.

“The Eigie Road access is about to be shut and I know this may be a real challenge for the residents but having traffic lights will help the flow of traffic and I know it is easier said than done but patience will be needed to face this issue, but can I ask that you think of the benefits come spring 2017 when we have a fantastic new dual carriageway.”