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MSP BACKS CALLS FOR PARKMORE SAFETY BARRIERS

07/03/2016  

Richard Lochhead MSP has backed a campaign calling for safety barriers to be installed on the B9014 at Parkmore following the removal of trees at the roadside and has written to the Chief Executive of The Moray Council seeking an urgent review of their position.

Mr Lochhead has been contacted by constituents who are regular users of the road between Keith and Dufftown and who have expressed serious concerns about the danger of having no safety barriers on such a sharp bend by an extremely steep drop.  Constituents have pointed out that should drivers hit black ice or collide with another vehicle on this section of the road someone could end up over the embankment and seriously hurt or worse.

Moray’s MSP has written to the Council’s Chief Executive echoing these concerns and asking that they urgently review their position that no safety barriers are necessary at Parkmore Brae.  He has highlighted the level of support the campaigners petition has received in such a short space of time and has also pointed out that they have the support of local SNP ward councillors, Mike McConachie and Pearl Paul.

Commenting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Serious concerns around driver safety at Parkmore Brae have arisen following the removal of trees from the roadside embankment and those who use the road between Keith and Dufftown have understandably expressed real fears about what could happen in the event of an accident.

“You only need to look at the number of people who have signed the campaigners petition in the last week to see the strength of feeling on the issue. 

“Constituents have also been in touch with me to express their specific concerns, particularly around what would happen in the event of a driver hitting black ice, given just how steep the roadside embankment is and there is now nothing to protect cars from going over the edge.

“I share the concerns of road users and added my support to the community campaign by writing to the Council’s Chief Executive calling on them to urgently review their position and urging them to take on board the views of the public.”

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