Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Councillors have backed the concerns expressed by Dufftown & District Community Council over the lack of safety barriers at Parkmore Brae on the B9014 between Keith & Dufftown.

Recent felling of an area of forestry has left the steep slope from the road down to the Keith-Dufftown railway line exposed and community leaders have been expressing concern over the safety of the road at a series of sharp bends where the large drop off occurs.

SNP Councillors backed the petitioners by calling for a full hearing of the petition. During a meeting of the Council’s Economic Development & Infrastructure Services Committee Cllr Paul pressed for the petition to progress to a full hearing in front of the whole Council.

In response the Council’s Tory and Independent Administration Councillors wanted instead to leave it to the Chair and Director to investigate the concerns.

Leading the SNP proposal was Speyside Glenlivet SNP Councillor Pearl Paul. Speaking after the meeting Cllr Paul said:

“I have been arguing the case for safety barriers at Parkmore Brae for many months and I commend the work of Dufftown & District Community Council who haven’t let this important safety issue go. At this location it is not so much a banking as a ravine that drops a long, long way down to the railway below.

“It was important that the issue was not kicked into the long grass and I am pleased that the SNP has led the charge in the Council on this and that it will now get a full hearing at a meeting of the full Council in the next couple of months.

“The vote was won by 7 votes to 6 and I sincerely hope that we can get backing from the full Council to put safety barriers in place at this stretch of road, which is causing so much concern to the local community. I am also pleased that councillors will also go out to see the location first hand before making their final decision.”