Liz welcomes new approach to potential closures on A823

 

 

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Liz Smith, has welcomed engagement from Scottish Water over future work on the A823 at Glendevon with a public meeting set to be held in the coming weeks over its possible closure.

The A823 connects Auchterarder with Clackmannanshire and is a vital artery for communities in South Perthshire. The road was recently closed on two separate occasions to allow for repairs from Scottish Water. Unfortunately, local residents were not notified and many road users were faced with long diversions and delays.

Liz received a number of letters from unhappy constituents who felt let down by the level of communication from Scottish Water. Scottish Water have confirmed that the planned site investigations set to start on the 5th of March have now been cancelled.

 

Following Liz’s correspondence with Scottish Water, the public sector body have confirmed that a public meeting will be held to explain the works and to identify the best way forward for reducing disruption.

 

Commenting Liz Smith MSP said;

 

“I am pleased that Scottish Water have decided to engage with residents over future road works but this approach should have been taken from the get-go.

 

“The A823 is a vital artery for residents in the area and if it is to close, even temporarily, then the people who use it should be given adequate warning. I am glad to see that Scottish Water is taking a new approach, which now includes an extensive local consultation and I would encourage as many residents as possible to attend the public meeting.

“I would hope that Scottish Water takes on board the feedback of road users to ensure that any future closures cause the least amount of disruption.”