A CHEER went up as protest marches from opposite ends of Elgin joined together to demonstrate over proposals for a western link road.
Hundreds of residents – some from other communities in Moray – took to the streets on Wednesday night to tell the local authority to “think again”.
The march coincided with the first day of an exhibition on the plan, which would see a link road created down Wittet Drive, over a new railway bridge and up to the western end of Edgar Road.
As well as easing congestion across Elgin, the road is needed to encourage economic growth and to facilitate developments such as housing, retail and the new High School, the council said.
It is designed to “provide a quicker, safer and more reliable transport system in and around Elgin while accommodating future development”.
However, householders who gathered to demonstrate outside the TA Centre on Edgar Road, questioned if it would be “safer” and voiced concerns over the impact on quality of life.
A steady stream of visitors attended the exhibition, taking the opportunity to discuss the project and their queries with senior staff and Moray councillors.
Outside, the crowd – estimated by onlookers to be in the high hundreds – dispersed after a petition was presented to the authority’s corporate director of environmental services, Richard Hartland.For a full report, read this week's 'Scot'.