Concerns Over 70-mile Roadworks Diversion for Stirling Rural Residents

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MP and Local Councillor Seek Urgent Clarity

Stirling MP Alyn Smith and Trossachs and Teith Councillor Gene Maxwell are seeking urgent clarification from Stirling Council, regarding a proposed 70-mile diversion due to rural roadworks.

Stirling Council will be taking forward resurfacing works on a stretch of the A827 in Killin from May 20th – June 2nd, 9am – 5pm each day.

Mr Smith and Mr Maxwell have written to Stirling Council Leader Chris Kane, asking if the Council can explore other alternatives to lessen disruption including night working and shorter bursts of work eased with regular traffic amnesties. Both elected representatives have expressed concern over the impact the closure will have on local residents and businesses, particularly in the busy Spring bank holiday.

Trossachs and Teith SNP Councillor Gene Maxwell said:

‘Rural residents will be rightly furious at being told to undertake a 70-mile diversion to get about their business. Nobody decries road maintenance, or the added complexity a rural locale might bring, but this is a bit much. I’ve written to Chris Kane to ask him to reconsider alternative means to help reduce disruption, as businesses and local residents will be furious. I also worry about the impact this will have on tourism in the area, which is so important for Killin. Let’s be sensible and pragmatic about this – and ensure genuine consultation next time.’

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Repairing Stirling’s roads is an important job, and I’m glad to see it take place. But as ever it’s how such work is communicated that can be the difference between a happy community and one who might feel ignored. Gene and I have written to Chris Kane to urge a rethink on this, as a 70-mile diversion at the height of the busy Spring bank holiday is quite unreasonable. Rural businesses and residents across Stirling already face connectivity challenges – Stirling Council should be working to make lives easier, not more difficult.’

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Attached is a letter from Cllr Gene Maxwell and Alyn Smith MP to Stirling Council Leader Chris Kane More information on the closure, including a map, can be found here