Brown meets bypass protesters

Transport Minister, Keith Brown visited Maybole last week to listen to pleas from local bypass protesters.

The Scottish Government minister was in the Carrick town after an invitation from local MSP Adam Ingram, who wanted Mr Brown to see for himself the need for a Maybole bypass.

Speaking last week, Mr Ingram was pleased that Mr Brown took up his offer of an invitation to Maybole. He said: “I am delighted the Minister came to Maybole to see for himself the problems associated with the heavy traffic flow through the town.

“He was impressed with the arguments put forward by representatives from both the community council and the bypass committee.”

However, the proposed project is one of a number of others throughout the country competing for Government funding as Holyrood prepares for budget cuts from Westminster.

But Mr Ingram remains positive on the chances of securing funding for the major transport improvement.

He continued: “Whilst the Minister pointed out the difficulties he had with £800 million cuts being made by Westminster to capital budgets in Scotland, he did leave the door open for further progress to be made.

“He highlighted the upcoming Scottish Government spending review this autumn as an opportunity.

“I certainly recognise the financial constraints the Scottish Government are under.

However, if increased borrowing powers can be gained for the Scottish Parliament, it is our task to make sure that a bypass for Maybole is high on the list of current spending priorities.”