Published: 12/10/2013 23:15 - Updated: 12/10/2013 23:39

Protesters deliver message to Moray Council

CAMPAIGNERS marched in support of Moray Libraries and against an £8 million link road for Elgin through the town on Saturday.

Protesters gather on the Plainstones.
Protesters gather on the Plainstones.
The protest reaches the Plainstones.
The protest reaches the Plainstones.

Opponents of the Western Link Road planned by the council and communities fighting to save their libraries joined forces.

The marchers, bearing placards and slogans, walked from New Elgin to the Plainstones in the centre of Elgin.

A crowd of several hundred campaigners took part in the good natured protest.

The decision by the council to press ahead with what campaigners claim is an unwanted link road, at a time when the authority is trying to save £30 million over four years, has brought anger.

And a further move by the council to close 7 of its 15 libraries, a move which will save £357,000, has also prompted a Moray-wide campaign.

Alastair Jeffs, chair of the Save Our Libraries campaign, said the council had to listen to people and thanked those for joining the march.

Ian Millar, a member of the Elgin Designing Streets Action Group, estimated it will require the council to borrow £10 million to pay for the link road.

"The Moray Council has all but killed off Elgin's town centre with its short-sighted approach to planning. The proposed Western Link Road will direct more shoppers to the retail park and away from the town centre."

The libraries campaign has sought legal advice on a possible judicial review over the decision by Moray Council.

For more on this story and a picture special from the march see 'The Scot' print version on Thursday.

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