Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convenor and top candidate for the Glasgow region, in his visit today (26 April) to the Highland capital, said:
“Greens are far from convinced that there is a sound business case for a canal and river crossing connecting the A82 with the Dores Road. We consider that there are far higher green public spending priorities.
“We learnt at a public meeting in early 2010, and chaired by Danny Alexander MP, that only around 30% of the vehicles on the relatively-quiet A82 was through traffic. If as much as two-thirds of that through traffic were to use the west link road, then an awful lot of money will have been spent for the benefit of very few.
“Four of the Council’s five suggested routes (1) for the link road will entail swathes of tarmac being driven through one of Inverness’s most attractive areas, decimating the magnificent children’s playground and the surrounding area, and wholly destroying the tranquillity of the Floral Hall — Inverness’s ‘jewel in the crown’. Only one option avoids directly affecting Whin Island, but this drastically cuts into the all-weather athletics track.
“If there is to be a link road, it should be sited much further upstream.
“Electing a Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands will give the region someone who will fight to protect the green spaces we all value.”
(1) See the document here.