A north-east councillor has called on the local authority to clarify its position on a major roads project.
Councillor Paul Johnston wants Aberdeenshire Council to state its position in reaction to his and other councillors’ opposition to the building of a dual carriageway on the A96 over part of Bennachie.
Mr Johnston said: “Bennachie is one of the most-loved hills in Britain, a source of inspiration and a place for recreation and nature.
“It must not be damaged by the intrusion of a major road on its lower slopes.
“I’m certain the vast majority of Aberdeenshire councillors are opposed to the idea of building a dual carriageway road across any part of Bennachie.”
In a report prepared by the authority, it states: “Due to the range of competing pressures and constraints along and around the corridor (including the importance of the Bennachie special landscape area), it is essential that all viable route options remain under consideration.”