Moray Council confirms Parkmore Bridge will remain closed for Dufftown Highland Games


MORAY Council has confirmed that the Parkmore Bridge between Dufftown and Keith will remain closed for the Dufftown Highland Games this weekend.

Disruption could be caused to visitors traveling to the Games this weekend – the first since 2019. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

The section of road, located on the B9014, was closed for four weeks to allow masonry repair work to be carried out.

However, locals have raised concerns about the possible impact the closure could have on visitor numbers as the Games return to the village of Speyside for the first time in three years.

Moray politicians recently wrote to Moray Council asking if it was possible to reopen the bridge for Games weekend, but were told it would not be possible.

A spokesman for Moray Council said: “The work at Parkmore is scheduled to be undertaken during the school holidays. If the work schedule were changed to accommodate the Dufftown Games, it would likely result in a prolonged period of disruption to school transport. and There are no plans to change the schedule for this work.”

Douglas Ross and Richard Lochhead were among local politicians contacted by concerned voters.
Douglas Ross and Richard Lochhead were among local politicians contacted by concerned voters.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead and Moray MP Douglas Ross have both expressed disappointment at the council’s response to their requests for work to be postponed.

Mr Lochhead said: “I understand this is not the response the local community was looking for and concerns will remain about the impact on the Games.

“We can only hope that any effect on this year’s event will be limited. After the disruptions of the past few years, I know everyone wants to ensure its success and I’m sure the community will turn out in large numbers. to show support.”

Mr Ross said: “With many visitors coming to Dufftown games at the weekend this could cause unnecessary problems so I asked the council if they were able to remove the restrictions for the weekend. .

“Unfortunately the roads department have said this is not possible due to a number of factors but deviations will be well flagged and they will be using their social media channels to alert people that they will need to take a alternative route.

“While I understand the board has a small window to do this work, the games have been planned for some time and the board are well aware of it, so it’s a shame they couldn’t mitigate this. “

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