Aberdeen MSP condemns new bypass challenge

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Holyrood MSP Kevin Stewart has condemned reports that campaign group Road Sense is making an appeal to the UK Supreme Court against the proposed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).  The Scottish government said the news was “desperately disappointing”.

Tom Smith, chairman of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (Acsef), said: “Given that the public local inquiry and two separate legal processes have thrown out the challenge, a new bid by a small number of objectors to go to the Supreme Court is unlikely to stop the route.

“But it will cause further delays which we can ill-afford.  Every extra day this route is delayed costs the taxpayer.

“There is some time left before Road Sense must officially declare their intentions and the vast majority of people in the north east and further afield will be hoping that they finally see sense and back down.”

It is understood the new appeal process could take several months.

Mr Stewart, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, said:

“The majority of people in the North East will not welcome this disappointing development, which could halt progress on the AWPR.

“This important infrastructure project for Aberdeen was given the go-ahead in 2009 and the legitimacy of that decision was scrutinised and tested thoroughly in the courts. The attempts to block it have been repeatedly rejected by the court system.

“It is regrettable the objectors have not accepted these previous decisions and I hope the Scottish Government will reject any application to pick up any costs incurred by these court cases.

“The AWPR is an essential link in the transport infrastructure of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, which will help to maximise our growth potential and future economic success.

“That is why construction must be allowed to progress and work start soon.”