The N,B&S (Nairn, Badenoch and Strathsepy) area committee discussed the proposed dualling of the A9 and A96 on Tuesday morning down in Kinguissie
Liz said: “This is an item I asked to come on so we could highlight the consultation of the routes and the dualling of the A9 an A96 and I would like to include a further recommendation and that would be that Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey area committee agrees to respond to Transport Scotland’s consultation, welcoming the consultation and support the substantial infrastructure improvements to be delivered by dualling both the A9 and the A96 and that we hope for quick delivery of the project in our area.”
Her colleagues agreed with that and then she asked for any other comments. Cllr Lobban had some concerns about how close the cycle track would be to the dualled A9 and also about a 2+1 section reverting to single carriageway when a part of the road would be dualled..
Liz said: “If you could send me these concerns we could include them in the representation we’ve just decided to make and I would be happy to hear from any members that wanted to put issues into our representation to this.”
Laurie then spoke: “Can I ask how we are going through this representation because I have serious concerns about the loss of farmland in Nairn because it’s going so wide from the town, or one of the proposals is so wide and I think we need a show a wee bit of leadership here for the communities and certainly those farms that are affected by this. Have we got certain times, dates or meetings?”
“Thank you Councillor Fraser,” continued Liz. “I was proposing that we did not favour any of the routes that go round the bypass for Nairn, that we just welcome the infrastructure improvement and the reason for that is that this council has always been supportive of a bypass for Nairn and I think that some of the options; I think it is up to the communities and the people that it impacts directly on to make that representations. It’s up until the end of January they have to come forward with their concerns. I do think, I would be happy to hear from members, issues like Councillor Lobban raised but I think we need to make a very positive response to the infrastructure improvements that are coming to our area.” See it all on video here.