Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens


Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Moray Greens welcome today’s decision by the Moray Council Planning Committee to refuse permission for the proposed Elgin Western Link Road.

The plans were the culmination of a development that has taken 14 years to come to this point, and in the end concerns over noise, the environment, questionable figures, and road safety led the committee to narrowly reject the proposals 7-6.

Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch, who spoke at the public hearing yesterday and has been involved with the campaign, was at the meeting this morning.

“Today’s decision is a triumph for common sense and people power. Despite having run on for over a decade, these proposals have consistently failed in a number of key areas surrounding noise, particularly at Greenwards Primary, the impact on landscape, and design and safety issues – as well a failure to provide robust figures on traffic numbers and any potential economic benefits – all of which were highlighted in the objections, and by the passionate speakers in the public hearing, ultimately leading to the plans’ refusal.”

“Having been involved in the campaign for a number of years, through highs and lows, I am extremely grateful to the huge support we have received from the local, and wider, community, and that is borne out by the dozens who spoke in the hearing, the hundreds who objected and marched, and the thousands who signed the petitions.”

“Following on from the libraries, and more recent schools campaigns, this again goes to show that we really can make a difference to the way our Council is run and our services provided. I really hope that people will continue to participate in our precious democracy, and hold those in power to account.”