Cathy Jamieson MSP
welcomed the positive attitude of the Transport
Minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP, following a meeting at
Holyrood with the bypass campaigners.
Peter Mason, Chair of
Maybole Community Council and the Maybole Bypass
Committee, attended the meeting organised by Cathy
Jamieson, along with bypass campaign colleagues Helen
Whitefield and Bill McCubbin.
The Minister outlined
the process which will see the Scottish Government set
its transport priorities for the coming years. At the
meeting, he said he will publish his list of priority
transport projects by late summer 2008.
Following the meeting,
Ms Jamieson said: "I welcome the Transport Minister's
positive attitude. I think this was a very helpful
meeting, which allowed him to learn first-hand the
problems faced by Maybole residents on a daily basis.
"He made it clear that
he wouldn't be making a decision on Scotland's strategic
transport priorities until later in the summer, but he
re-affirmed the commitment to include the Maybole bypass
on the list of projects that will be considered.
"The local community
continues to support the bypass campaign and it has the
backing of politicians from all parties. I will be
continuing to work with the bypass campaigners over the
coming months and we all want to see the Maybole bypass
featuring in the Scottish Government's list of transport
priorities later this year."
MSP Adam Ingram said
on Friday that he has sent a brief to the Transport
Minister on the background of Maybole's 50-year campaign
to save its residents and pedestrians from the constant
assault of motorway-style traffic that has turned the
town centre into a noisy, dangerous obstacle course.
Mr Ingram praised the
community for doing everything they could and thinks the
chances of securing the long-awaited bypass are better
than ever. He said: "I am hopeful we can now get the
result everyone is looking for."
Peter Mason, Chair of
the Maybole Bypass Committee, said: "I'd like to thank
the Transport Minister for listening to what we had to
say about the problems in Maybole. The people of Maybole
have been talking about and campaigning for a bypass for
more than 50 years.
"Now, we have a
preferred route and it's priced realistically. The
Transport Minister recognised this and we made it clear
to him that we want to see a bypass for Maybole on the
list of projects he publishes later in the year."
Until a decision is
reached, the bypass committee will continue to engage
with the community so people are fully informed about
the preferred route and to answer any questions they
A public consultation
event is scheduled to take place in Maybole Town Hall on
22nd and 23rd February and organisers hope that Maybole
residents will take time to come and see the plans for