Maybole bypass set for May public inquiry

A public inquiry has been confirmed as the way of determining the future of the long-awaited Maybole bypass.

The decision was taken following a pre-examination meeting at Maybole’s Carrick Centre on Thursday, with a number of objectors being represented at the meeting.

The inquiry is set to begin on Monday, May 25 and will be held over a four-day period, finishing on Friday, May 29. It will not sit on Wednesday, May 27 as reporter Michael Cunliffe is unavailable.

A venue for the public local inquiry is still being finalised, though it is hoped that the Carrick Centre will be able to accommodate the four days.

At the pre-examination meeting objectors concerns over various issues including farm division, increased traffic on Culzean Road and land drainage problems.

William and Elizabeth McJanett, of East Enoch Farm were represented by Guy Russell of Savills, who outlined concerns that the bypass would bisect their farm causing ‘undue impact and hardship’.

They want the bypass to be moved further east, while still being located on their land as an agricultural study had shown that the farm would be uneconomic if the current bypass plans were implemented.

The McJannet’s had concerns over accommodation works, stock welfare, the impacts on drainage and water supply and the amount of land taken.

Representing clients including Lord David Kennedy, the Marquess of Ailsa, Hugh Blythe of Nether Culzean Farm, James Caldwell of Baltersan Mains Farm and David McNaught of KirklandHill farm, agent Martin Hall said that his clients shared a common concern about land drainage claiming that undertakings from Transport Scotland had been insufficient.

In addition, the Gilmour family of Broomknowes Farm had a specific concern about the proposed southern roundabout which they wanted moved further east so it would not impact on the steading.

Colin and Jacklyn Johnson of Maybole’s McCrae Court were concerned about the increased traffic on Culzean Road which would affect their privacy and amenity and they asked for a change in junction designs.

Responding for Transport Scotland, solicitor Douglas Milne asked for early notification of alternative road lines and junction arrangements as well as specific plot numbers of alleged excessive land take.

Mr Cunliffe asked for details of design changes proposed by objectors to be supplied by April 2.

After the inquiry in May, a report into the bypass proposals is set to be published by the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals by the end of September which should pave the way forward for the scheme.