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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2010, 04:46:51 PM »
oh for fuck sake give it up

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Ministers face court challenge over £400m bypass decision

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25 Apr 2010

Plans for one of Scotland’s major new roads will be thrown into doubt this week when campaigners announce they are taking the Scottish Government to court.

The Sunday Herald can reveal that a ministerial decision to give the go-ahead to the £400 million Aberdeen bypass is to be challenged in the Court of Session by the local campaign group, Road Sense.

Legal opinions commissioned by the group make its members “quietly confident” they will be able to trip up ministers for failing to ensure that the road and its damaging impacts were given proper and lawful consideration.

They say a public inquiry was unfairly restricted and its findings inadequate. They also allege the road violates the rights of those facing eviction along its route, and could breach European law by damaging colonies of bats.

“We have been forced into taking this action after years of being sidelined, stonewalled, ignored and misinformed,” said William Walton, chairman of Road Sense. The group has been opposing the bypass, known as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), for more than four years.

Mr Walton said: “Scottish ministers’ decision to limit the scope and remit of the public local inquiry into the AWPR made the inquiry nothing more than window dressing, and the concerns and arguments of the majority of the 10,000 objectors to the new road were never properly heard.

“In a democratic country, the courts are the final check against abuse of power by public bodies and government. Successive Scottish ministers may now live to regret having been so heavy handed, unfair and unreasonable.”

The AWPR, planned to run 28 miles around Aberdeen from Stonehaven in the south past Dyce in the north, was given the go-ahead by Cabinet Finance Secretary John Swinney last December.

Road Sense has this weekend instructed lawyers to lodge papers in the Court of Session in Edinburgh requesting a judicial review. It will also be applying to limit its costs, although the case could cost as much as £100,000 and an appeal for funds is also being launched.

Sheona Warnock of Road Sense said: “We still have some way to go to get to the stage where we can be sure that any defeat in the courts will not cause us immense financial difficulty, but we cannot sit back and allow the AWPR to be built on a foundation of self-interest, misinformation and poor judgment.”

Friends of the Earth Scotland backed the legal move. “New roads such as this are an expensive waste of public money, and tend to increase climate-changing emissions for little, if any, economic gain,” said the environmental group’s chief executive, Duncan McLaren.

But the news is likely to be attacked as a delaying tactic by businesses and local politicians who want the new road.

A Scottish Government spokesman said the AWPR would “provide a much-needed bypass around Aberdeen linking existing major roads and key locations such as the airport, park-and-ride sites and the major industrial estates”.

The road been given the go-ahead “following due legal process”, he stated. “The need for the scheme has been well established in principle and justified in policy and strategy terms. We will consider the terms of any legal challenge, if and when we receive one.”

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2010, 06:58:38 PM »
Jesus Christ!

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2010, 07:08:28 PM »
Jesus Christ!

Lets all wear sackcloth and use lamps filled with whale oil!

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2010, 08:24:26 PM »
Think of the bats!

Poor blighters might have to move 50 feet to the right or left!


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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #44 on: April 26, 2010, 10:41:57 AM »
Anybody work for AMEC?

Does your IT policy allow you to use work email for politcal or personal use?

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #45 on: April 26, 2010, 12:20:16 PM »
Anybody work for AMEC?

Does your IT policy allow you to use work email for politcal or personal use?

From www.road-sense.org

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #46 on: May 21, 2010, 02:15:38 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10136338.stm

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Costs associated with a planned bypass for Aberdeen are about to breach the £100m mark, the BBC has learned.

The project's managing agents confirmed that they had spent more than £99m on preparatory work and the compulsory purchase of properties. :hammer:

More than half of the cash was spent relocating the city's International School away from the planned route.

Campaigners said the costs called into question the reality of the project's £400m total budget.

The aim of the scheme is to create a fast link between towns to the north, west and south of Aberdeen.

William Walton from the group Road Sense, which has lodged an appeal against the route at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, said: "It's an astronomical sum of money which I think the public should be very concerned about.

"The reason that it's got to this state of affairs is because the minister chose a corridor that had not been investigated then had to select a route and do a great deal of investigatory work."

In a statement, the project's managing agent John Wilson said such levels of spending were required to design, develop and promote a cost-effective scheme.

He said the planning and acquisition of properties in advance of any construction work would help avoid disruption to the timetable.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has admitted the legal appeal against the chosen bypass route could delay the project's completion. ::)

The scheme was due to be finished in 2012.  :rofl:

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2010, 02:22:31 PM »
How is that even newsworthy?

The preparatory work and the compulsory purchase of properties was never gonna be free, was it budgeted that this would cost £99million?

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2011, 12:54:30 PM »

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2011, 12:55:29 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-14489401

Aberdeen bypass: Judge rules against legal challenge

A judge has ruled against campaigners who are trying to block the building of a bypass around Aberdeen.

They argued that a public inquiry into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (APWR) had been flawed.

Lord Tyre rejected the appeal on the grounds there had been sufficient opportunities before the hearing for public representations to be made.

The £400m project had been delayed by the court proceedings at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Lord Tyre ruled against two appeals heard together;

    one brought by William Walton on behalf of anti Aberdeen bypass group, Roadsense
    the other from John Weir Fraser and Mrs Maggie Fraser

Both appeals argued that the procedure had been unfair because the inquiry held in 2008 was given an unreasonably restricted remit.

There were also two separate challenges, based upon obligations of Scottish ministers under the Habitats Directive.

One related to the impact of the scheme on the River Dee Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the other to the disturbance of European protected species (otters and five species of bat).

Again the court rejected these arguments and found that Scottish ministers did sufficiently address all of the relevant requirements.

Opponents criticise the cost and environmental impact of the plan, which is aimed at creating a fast link to the north, west and south of Aberdeen.
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The bypass was originally given the go-ahead by Scottish ministers in December 2009 following a lengthy public inquiry.

Many business leaders in the area support the project.

SNP and Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart welcomed the ruling saying it was excellent news for Aberdeen and the North East.

He added: "The AWPR is a vital infrastructure link for the North East and for Scotland as a whole.

"Getting the go ahead for this road will boost the economy, cut congestion and improve links across the region.

But anti bypass campaigner, Sheona Warnock, from Roadsense, said: "We are hugely disappointed. It's been a very long and hard fought campaign.

"We thought we made some very good points.

"We will need sometime to consider his judgement.

"We haven't got to the point of considering an appeal."  :hammer:

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2011, 01:18:09 PM »
fuck off

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #51 on: August 12, 2011, 08:46:11 AM »
December 21, 2009, 03:16:14 PM:

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Aberdeen bypass given green light


August 11, 2011, 01:55:29 PM:

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"We haven't got to the point of considering an appeal."


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These cunts are making a career out of this saga.

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #52 on: August 12, 2011, 09:29:08 AM »
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Ruling clears obstacles on route to bypass – by 2017

By Ryan Crighton

Published: 12/08/2011

Drivers could be on Aberdeen’s long-awaited bypass by 2017 after a judge cleared the way for the road to be built.

The legal challenge which has held up the city’s Western Peripheral Route was dismissed at the Court of Session yesterday.

The decision was met with relief by First Minister Alex Salmond and business leaders, who said the north-east’s congestion nightmare would soon be over.

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #53 on: August 12, 2011, 10:14:48 AM »
STFU the fuck up and fucking build it, thank you please.

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #54 on: August 12, 2011, 10:27:15 AM »
So it comes down to the age-old question.  What will we see first the AWPR or the New Stadium?
Place your bets

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #55 on: August 12, 2011, 01:10:09 PM »
BAAAHAHAHA!!   :lolabove:

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #56 on: August 12, 2011, 01:14:45 PM »
Neither.

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2011, 06:33:29 PM »
6 years?

How exactly, it's got funding and it's been approved.

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #58 on: August 15, 2011, 09:44:36 AM »
I guess because a big road like that takes a while to build? Although I don't know enough about building roads to know how long it should take.

My guess is they're still scrutinising the route to see where else they can stick some round-abouts, traffic lights, 20 mph zones and zebra crossings to make the road as much of a PITA in the ass to negotiate as possible. See every other fucking road in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as reference.  :hammer:

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Re: Holy Mother of Jesus: AWPR Approved
« Reply #59 on: August 15, 2011, 06:35:14 PM »
I guess because a big road like that takes a while to build? Although I don't know enough about building roads to know how long it should take.

My guess is they're still scrutinising the route to see where else they can stick some round-abouts, traffic lights, 20 mph zones and zebra crossings to make the road as much of a PITA in the ass to negotiate as possible. See every other fucking road in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as reference.  :hammer:

It depends, but one thing for sure is that it'll take a fuck longer if they never start building the fucker.
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