Moray Greens are pleased today to announce their backing of the campaign against the proposed Western Link Road for Elgin. While there are numerous reasons why this proposal should be halted, not least that it is very clear that it is not wanted by the residents of Elgin, or Moray, the recent decision by councillors to back the proposals and the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders marks a serious and worrying turn of events.
“Despite well-founded and overwhelming public opposition it appears councillors and officials are set on forcing through one of the most expensive, unpopular, and unnecessary developments Moray has yet seen,” stated Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch. “Aside from the direct impacts of destroying quiet residential areas, and increasing the risks to school children, there is the long term impact of the cost of the project at a time when we’re supposed to be reducing our expenditure.”
“I would urge everyone in Moray not to be fooled into thinking this is just an Elgin issue – the money spent on the project will be paid back by every Moray resident, and the potential savings from scrapping the proposals would mean £1 million less per year to cut from services across the whole area, as the Council has already admitted1. This strikes me as a no-brainer, and would be an easy and solid step towards cutting annual spending by the £30 million required.”
“I can only hope that councillors and officials take the time over the festive holidays to rethink their intentions, and come New Year, rather than face compulsory purchase and forced eviction, those directly affected, along with everyone else, will be breathing a sigh of relief.”
1http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_76872.html#25 In answer to Q25: “…annual savings arising would be £1million, reducing the £30million savings target to £29million.”