Moray Greens are proud to support the Elgin Designing Streets Action Group Open Day this Saturday, 15th June, and hope that people from across the whole of Moray will turn out to have their say on the proposals for Elgin’s Western Link Road, and the implications the multi-million pound project is already having, and will continue to have, on Council finances.
The latest figures available from the Council show that over £1.5 million has already been spent on the project; with at least another £8.5 million earmarked for future expenditure should the proposals be approved. This will add a further burden to the Council budget, as the extra cash needed to pay off these debts will mean extra cuts on top of the £30 million already required.
“The proposed Western Link Road has become a symbol of how out of touch the Council is with the people of Moray,” stated Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch. “With one hand we are presented with savage cuts to vital services, threats to our rural libraries, and closure of public toilets across the region. With the other hand we are potentially awarded an unwanted and unnecessary multi-million pound bill for a few hundred metres of new road in the south west of Elgin. Who exactly are the Council looking out for?”
“Time and again we are told the economic case for the proposals is solid, but time and again not a shred of evidence is forthcoming. Indeed, I’d love to hear how diverting traffic away from the town centre would help our High Street, and struggling local business,” stated James. “This is just one reason why we’re backing the Elgin Designing Streets Action Group Open Day, and we hope the people of Moray will take this opportunity to loudly and clearly make their voices heard.”
The Elgin Designing Streets Action Group Open Day takes place this Saturday, 15th June, from 10am to 4pm at the TA Hall, Edgar Road, Elgin.