Crunch meeting to discuss tourism disruption to Moray village

Talks over Aberlour works today

ABERLOUR SHOP OWNERS are to meet with Transport Scotland representatives today in the hope of settling a dispute over the disruption caused by road works through the village.

The timing of long awaited resurfacing works on the A95 through the heart of the village has caused major concerns for many local shop owners – with local MSP Richard Lochhead becoming involved amid fears that the works would destroy trade during their busiest period.

Mr Lochhead had written to Transport Scotland and met with local business owners, prompting an assurance from the roads agency that they would look again at the situation.

Now businesses are expecting to hear today if a temporary halt will be called on the road works until later in the year.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “Work is progressing well in Aberlour and many members of the community have told us that they are pleased with how it is being carried out.

“Our operating company, BEAR Scotland, has consulted with the community and businesses throughout the project – we want to do all we can to try to address any concerns at today’s meeting.

“BEAR Scotland is doing what it can to spread the message that Aberlour is open for business with signs at either end of the village.”

After visiting Aberlour last week to discuss the situation, Mr Lochhead said: “The one thing that was clear from my visit is that everyone feels the road improvements are vital. But businesses reliant on the tourist trade over the peak season have real concerns on the impact the disruption will have.”