A ‘technical glitch’ on the electronic planning system at Moray Council has led to a 19-day extension to the deadline for comments of plans for a controversial new road in Elgin.
In excess of 200 representations have already been made to the local authority over the planning application for the western link road.
The planning application follows years of protests over the £8.5million project with protest group Elgin Designing Better Streets particularly vocal in their opposition.
A deadline for comments on the 400-page planning document that explains the need for the new road was set for today – however, in a statement released on the Moray Council website it has been revealed that had been extended until Tuesday, May 27.
The issue appears to have caused by a ‘rolling forward’ of the date, resulting in it constantly showing May 27 for the closure of public representations.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “There has been a glitch in the system whereby the deadline date has kept rolling forward on a daily basis and by the time the issue was resolved it was showing May 27.
“Under the circumstances we are quite content for the deadline to be extended to that date and we will accept representations up until then.”