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Dingwall councillor to sit on city bypass panel

By Andrew Dixon

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ANOTHER councillor from outwith Inverness has been named on the panel who will decide a preferred route for the much-awaited city bypass.

The SNP group on Highland Council has listed councillor Peter Cairns (Dingwall and Seaforth) in its trio of representatives in the cross-party working group, set to pick the route of the link road between the A82 and A9.

Councillors Roy Pedersen (Inverness South) and Ian Brown (Inverness Millburn) also join the group which meets for the first time on Thursday10th Nov.

They will all have a say on a preferred route from Dores Road to the A82 prior to a public consultation exercise from 23rd November to 16th January.

SNP group leader, Councillor Drew Hendry, refused to identify councillors for the group prior to the result of the Inverness South by-election announced last Friday.

“We will participate but we will also make sure we are not trying to lead the public ahead of the consultation because that is my big concern,” he said. “We also reserve the right not to agree with the group’s actions if we don’t think they are suitable.”

The 12 other working group members were named last week — half of which are from outwith the city: transport committee chairman, John Laing (Eilean a’ Cheò); council convener Sandy Park (Nairn); administration leader Michael Foxley (Lib-Dem, Fort William and Ardnamurchan); Nairn provost Laurie Fraser (Independent); Landward Caithness councillor Robert Coghill (Independent); and Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson (Independent Alliance Group).

The group also includes Inverness provost Jimmy Gray (Labour, Inverness Millburn); Lib-Dems David Henderson (Inverness Ness-side), Hamish Wood (Aird and Loch Ness) and Thomas Prag (Inverness South); Norrie Donald (Independent, Inverness Ness-side); and Jim Crawford (Independent Members Group, Inverness South).

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