Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has written to Historic Environment Scotland, calling for a solution to a dangerous turning into Doune Castle.
Following correspondence from concerned residents and businesses, Mr Lockhart has backed calls for a significant road re-design in the area which will ensure a safe turning into the popular tourist site.
Numerous road traffic incidents at the turning into Doune Castle from the A820, had led Stirling Council officials to propose prohibiting a left turn for visitors entering the village from the direction of Dunblane.
However this move was opposed by the Community Council and local councillors Jeremy McDonald and Martin Earl who suggested this would lead to more traffic entering the historic village in order to turn, leading to more congestion at peak periods.
In his letter to the Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, Mr Lockhart called for ‘’an engineered solution to avoid even more traffic being directed to a village centre that is already heavily congested’’. He also urged ‘’HES to raise the matter with Stirling Council and suggest a partnership approach to funding the required works.’’
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’The number of visitors to Doune Castle will only increase in coming years thanks to the success of productions such as Outlander and Game of Thrones.
‘’Recent accidents at the junction have been very regrettable but in my view the solution is not to re-direct traffic into the already congested village.
‘’It is clear that this is the overwhelming view of the local community through the volume of complaints that I have received.
‘’I have written to Historic Environment Scotland to see whether they would consider working with Stirling Council to come up with a new solution to the problem, and I look forward to their response.’’