Traffic issues remain 'concern' over plans for new housing and schools

Members of Moray Council were asked to give their views on a proposed primary school and housing development in Elgin.

Traffic issues remain ‘concern’ over plans for new housing and schools LDRS

Traffic issues remain a “concern” for councillors over proposals for a new housing development and schools in Elgin.

Members of Moray Council planning and regulatory services committee this week were asked to give their views on two proposal of application notices for the town.

One is for a 450 pupil primary school in the north, and the other is for homes with a school site in it that forms part of the Elgin south masterplan.

Conservative councillor for Keith and Cullen, Donald Gatt, noted the development to the south is close to a proposed route for an Elgin bypass.

SNP member for Elgin South, Graham Leadbitter, called for consideration to be given to the impact on the A941 road that runs through New Elgin, where there are pinch points.

Amber Dunbar, Conservative councillor for Elgin North, raised concerns with parents dropping children off at the new Findrassie school then going into town, that could create a potential “nightmare” at the junction of Covesea road and Lossiemouth Road.

Labour councillor for Elgin South, John Divers, called for traffic calming measures to be considered, and reminded the meeting that a ditched road project could have solved some of Elgin’s traffic problems.

He said: “There was an opportunity to deal with the pinch point on the A941 and it was voted down.

“That was the western link road.”

The route that would have connected the south of the town to the north with a new bridge over the railway line, was a key element in the council’s plans to improve the road network in Elgin.

But it was removed from the capital plan in 2016 after the majority of councillors voted against it.

More than £3m was spent on work for the link road that never came to fruition.

The school in the north includes a nursery and additional support needs unit, with an outdoor play area and car park and drop off point to the south of Myreside Cottage on Covesea Road.

The site, which is currently farmland, is around three hectares in size.

Springfield Properties have lodger the notice for houses and a school to the south west side of Elgin.

Public consultations will be held for both and Elgin Community Council will be asked for their views on the proposals.

Views raised at the meeting held on Tuesday will be fed back to the developers.

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