Con­cerns over Tay bridge project route

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Con­cerns re­main over a con­tro­ver­sial Tay bridge project de­spite praise from lo­cal coun­cil­lors and MSPs over a re­cent cash boost.

The Scone and District Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has voiced its con­cerns over the po­si­tion of the Cross Tay Link Road route that will drive straight through a planned hous­ing devel­op­ment area and cause“safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems.”

Vice-chair of the Scone and District Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Pro­fes­sor Jill Belch, said:“We are not against this road in prin­ci­ple. “Our prob­lem is with the route. “It crosses to the north of ex­ist­ing Scone and it goes through the mid­dle of the sug­gested new devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing a new school.”

A state­ment on the com­mu­nity coun­cil’s Face­book page also reads: “When we dis­cov­ered this pub­licly funded road passed through a much loved and used green space, High­field Wood, we raised con­cerns about shift­ing the sig­nif­i­cant air pol­lu­tion al­ready as­so­ci­ated with this traf­fic, noise and light pol­lu­tion, along with traf­fic dan­ger (50mph), to us here in Scone.

“We are ask­ing for the road to be moved north, away from res­i­dents.

“Their homes and our green space as such an ac­tion would pro­vide a clearer route for CTLR users, avoid the safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems cre­ated by traf­fic near houses, avoid the safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems cre­ated by traf­fic near schools and also per­mit greater recre­ational use of the High­field Plan­ta­tion with­out re­quire­ment to cross the CTLR road.”

First Min­ster Ni­cola Stur­geon vis­ited Perth on Mon­day to con­firm the fund­ing for the project.

It has been warmly wel­comed by many politi­cians.

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