COUNCILLORS have voted to keep Elgin’s proposed western link road in the new Moray local development plan.
At a special meeting of the full council this morning, members voted 13 to 10 to retain the project within the document.
Last month the local authority’s planning and regulatory services committee decided that reference to the project should be removed from the plan, which is due to be published next year.
That decision ran contrary to the position of the council’s economic development and infrastructure committee, which maintained that the western link road was a vital component for the future of Elgin and Moray as a whole.
Council leader Allan Wright, who moved for the road to be included in the plan, said economic development was the authority’s highest priority and the commitment to the western link road needed to be restated.
He said: "Not to do so is effectively to kill off the western link road and destroy this council’s growing reputation as a council of ambition and a council that delivers.
"Not to do so destroys the credibility of our claim that economic development is the top priority of this council and its partners."
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