Big step forward for Maybole bypass

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A major milestone has been reached in the long awaited Maybole bypass project.

Following a public local inquiry into the plans which have been in the pipeline for decades, the bypass has effectively been given a green light to go ahead.

A public inquiry was held at the end of May to hear objections to the bypass including from David Gilmour, the McJannet’s of East Enoch Farm, Colin and Jacklyn Johnson, David Hastings and Julien Smith.

However, an extensive report from a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government says that the road orders should be made without any modifications from when they were initially purchased.

The McJannet’s had raised major concerns saying that the plans could result in the number of cows at the farm dropping from 130 to 95 which would drop gross margins by almost a fifth whilst also raising concerns about access to grazing fields and biosecurity.

However, Transport Scotland say that the McJannet’s preference would result in a greater environmental impact on the edge of Maybole.

Other concerns were raised about the loss of trade, noise and visual impact and pollution.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “Following the go ahead for the A77 Maybole Bypass scheme, we are now progressing the design work for this important scheme with a view to publishing Made Orders early next year.

“This scheme will help separate local traffic in the South Ayrshire town from traffic travelling further afield, including to the busy port of Cairnryan. Further progress will be subject to the availability of funding.”