Councillors are being urged to reject plans to install a potentially life-saving barrier on a “dangerous” road amid fears it could cost too much.
More than 650 Speyside residents have signed a petition calling on Moray Council to place extra safety measures at a bend on the B9014 Keith to Dufftown route to prevent cars plummeting down a 60ft drop.
After trees were recently cut back at Parkmore Brae, local residents felt it left the embankment exposed, posing a risk to motorists. The petition carried out by Dufftown Community Council was to be debated today at the local authority’s economic development and infrastructure committee.
However, officers have recommended it be thrown out on the grounds installing the £30,000 barrier could set a costly precedent.
George Tulloch secretary of the community council, accused Moray Council of failing to listen to local concerns and said they were putting a price tag on the value of a life.
He said: “We’ve been asked on several occasions what our number one priority is and it has always been a crash barrier at Parkmore Brae – but it’s always fallen on deaf ears.”