Bennachie Forum > Duelling of A96

The Bailies of Bennachie Committee are against "option C" especially on the lower slopes of Bennachie ( see maps). But we need your thoughts too before the consultation ends on 22 June so thoughts before 10 June please!
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/…/A96%20T2%20SEA%20-%20…

Very concerned about the proposed option C. Would like to get a petition organised to rally support against Option C. Would the Bailies consider being involved in this?
I was taken from Peterhead to climb Bennachie as a child over 50 years ago and would like future generations to be able to do the same.
Lynda Bain

June 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLynda Bain

We are also very concerned about the proposed Option C for the A96 Dual Carriage Way and one of the Option B routes which appears to bisect / come very close to the village of Chapel of Garioch - both of which we are against. Bennachie and the surrounding area should be protected from this form of development - the natural beauty, wildlife and recreation by walkers, cyclists, horse riders etc is extremely valuable to the area. Bennachie being a significant landmark for the NE of Scotland. Would it not be better placed to have a road connecting in the towns of Inverurie and Oldmeldrum and not putting a road next to Bennachie or widening the existing road.

I think a lot of people feel 'surely it could not happen' and hence have not come forward.

June 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Glasspool

Can't seem to find the options that you talk of, on the transport Scotland website. But even before I see the plans, I would say that in no way should the road ever cut through the countryside at the foot of Bennachie. Why should the area pay the price for the shortsightedness of the powers at be, not to dual it to the top of Inverurie when they had the chance. It smacks of trying to spread the footprint of Inverurie, by putting a road boundary further out. Is the place not big enough already. If you post a link so I can have a look, it would be much appreciated.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlair Carnie

Prime arable land East of Inverurie would be lost by developing to the East of Inverurie but this ought to be the priority in my opinion. The A947 is due an upgrade for all the communities along its path so why Option Q has been thrown out already has not been explained well. The Buchan heartland is not well connected to Inverurie (both for animal movement to the likes of Thainstone and for commuting users to access the A96) so any option South of Inverurie would not help this in any way.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMark Strachan

Clearly the roads department have not done enough consultation with the actual road users. If they did they would realise how many people actually travel through bennachie for work related journey. (Not a lot) most people using the area'sroads are generally for one thing. Bennachie. To remove the quiet roads will not only reduce the number of individuals who will walk bennachie and surrounding hills as it will spoil the whole experience. The road that exists should be extened
They have/are spending so much additional money on the inverramsay bridge. Why waste this now and remove traffic on the road. Seams a bad utilisation of public money.

Not only that but for the route on the web site.

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/project/a96-dualling-inverness-aberdeen
This will make burnhervie residents homeless.....NOT good idea.
Totally against.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Daniels.

Just had a look. Looks like someone has just tried drawing a straight line from one point to another. To me it doesn't look as if that has been thought through, and certainly does not look viable. My thoughts seem to be an option for them, North bound and South bound carriageways, becoming a sort of ring road. Not sure how that would fit into expanding the town, but we have some of the roads already, what's the point of building new ones.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBlair Carnie

We are very concerned about any proposal to route a major road closer to Bennachie or Chapel of Garioch. Bennachie is THE iconic landmark of the North East. It's an historic tourist attraction and vital green leisure area. It looks quietly down on the 'fairmin toons' of the Garioch and is a place of peace for everyone in Aberdeen and the Shire.
The terrain, the need to build a new bridge across the Don in a difficult place (Burnhervie?), the need to consider the St Fergus to Garlogie pipeline and the huge disturbance would surely make this one of the most expensive options, both monetarily and in loss of amenity. A route to the north of Inverurie, across the Don/Gadie floodplain would be more direct, probably cheaper, take pressure off the A947 by offering an alternative route to Olmeldrum etc. and offer opportunities for more housing without further congesting Inverurie with through traffic.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike Flaherty

Yet another example of Aberdeenshire council setting aside its own standards when it suits them - dual carriageway = dual standards

June 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterB Hobbs

The options are named on the map on page 18,

https://3c-lxa.mail.com/mail/client/dereferrer?redirectUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transportscotland.gov.uk%2Fsystem%2Ffiles%2Fdocuments%2Ftsc-basic-pages%2FA96%2520Dualling%2520-%2520May%25202015%2520exhibition%2520panels.pdf

*** 22 June 2015*** this is the deadline to get your comments in to Transport Scotland re Dualling of A96

We are resolutely and absolutely opposed to any proposed route ( route C) which passes over the lower slopes of Bennachie and would bring the proposed route closer to Bennachie environs than the present A96 already does.

Please support us and send your comments to Transport Scotland


http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk

see
A96 Dualling Programme
Strategic Environmental Assessment Tier 2 Environmental Report
May 2015
Appendix E - GIS Constraints Mapping (shortlisted Improvement Strategy Options) A96 SEA Sections 6 to 10

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBailies of Bennachie

PLEASE SEE Special Landscape Designation for Bennachie in the forum

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBailies of Bennachie

I can't believe optione C is even being considered. This area has huge importance to the people of Aberdeen and Shire, both historically and currently. It features in folk lore, poetry and song and is peppered with archeological sites. This is the first bit of "wild " countryside that many people have the opportunity to visit and it is teeming with wildlife. The initial environmental assessment isn't worth the paper it is written on as it doesn't say anything.
Why would you build a duel carriageway in a straight line from Kintore, when there is already a good road to the edge of Inverurie? The problem is that all of a sudden it is a good idea to build new houses beside the bypass, but this should be stopped immediately because this is what is causing the problem. Build a counter flow bridge across the river beside the existing one, widen the road before it is too late. Why spend money on the Inveramsay bridge, and then by pass it? Why move the road so far away from existing businesses eg Andersons, Ross's, Kellockbank, Morgan McVeighs? In fact, why move it away from the main town in the area and destroy productive farmland?

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGail Prentice

Gail et al - we agree but make sure Transport Scotland get your comments
Thanks Bailies of Bennachie

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBailies of Bennachie