Following the closure of the objection period for the proposed dualling of the A9 road through the Killiecrankie battlefield, Transport Scotland must now engage with key objectors to see what areas, if any, can be resolved. Objections have been received from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Perth and Kinross Council, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Killiecrankie and Fincastle Community Council, heritage and archaeology groups, historians and KilliecrAnkie1689.

HES’s submission is damning. They stated that the proposed scheme has not been designed in accordance with relevant national policies or guidanc
e, nor is it in line with the advice that they had previously issued to Transport Scotland. HES added that Transport Scotland offered insufficient proof that the proposed scheme will minimise the impact to the battlefield or protect its key landscape characteristics and special qualities.

HES’s objection included all the points that Killiecr
Ankie1689 made in its own submission. We maintain that the route and the design of the road will inflict most damage on the area where the fighting was concentrated and therefore on related historic assets.

In the event that the objections of the statutory bodies are not withdrawn and a Public Local Inquiry is held, Killiecr
Ankie1689 would want to participate and would incur legal costs.

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