MSP hears residents concerns

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A number of Portlethen residents have been voicing their concerns over the proposed development of a new town at Elsick.

Residents met with Labour MSP Richard Baker to discuss their concerns.

Richard Baker was shown the location of a flyover, roundabout and road which is being planned to link Elsick with Bruntland Road in Portlethen.

Residents feel this will impact the houses in the area of Alder Drive. They also worry that it will result in an increased volume of traffic on Bruntland Road, a route currently used by many youngsters going to local schools by foot or by bike.

MSP RIchard Baker said: “I too am concerned about the location and anticipated height of the flyover as well as the effect of the associated embankments.

“I would like assurances that an adequate environmental impact assessment has been carried out. In particular, I am aware that there is a burn in the vicinity of the proposed flyover which has been known to flood regularly.

“This should have been taken into consideration by the developers. I have raised these issues with Aberdeenshire Council.”

Labour candidate Alison Evison has also met with local residents about this issue.

She said: “Many people are worried that in the first few years of the Elsick development far too much pressure will be put on schools and medical services within Portlethen.

“We would like to know what planning gain the Council is seeking to obtain from the development and how this can be used to support the existing residents of North Kincardine as more and more people begin to use existing local services.

“Residents have only until the 27th October to make their views known through Aberdeenshire Council’s planning consultation process. We hope that people are able to do so as these issues are far too important to be ignored.”