SCRUTINY committee urged to keep a watchful eye on the Scottish Government to make sure it follows through on its “long-awaited” promise to cut road death on the A82

A SCRUTINY committee was urged this week to keep a watchful eye on the Scottish Government to make sure it follows through on its “long-awaited” promise to cut road death on the A82.

Road safety campaigner and MSP David Stewart said the Public Petitions Committee had a critical role in ensuring the government followed-through on its pledge to look at 20 options for the A82 to make the route safer.

The Highlands & Islands MSP made the call at today’s virtual sitting of the committee.

Speaking in support of a petition lodged by The Inverness Courier, which called on the Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to upgrade the A82, Mr Stewart argued for the petition to stay open to allow members to track the government’s progress.

And he said the baton should be passed on when committee membership changes after the next Scottish Parliament election on 6 May.

However, members unanimously agreed the committee did not have the time to do the petition justice.

The petition was closed on the basis that the government’s submission had underlined more than 20 options currently being investigated to make the road safer.

The committee said it would write to the Scottish Government to flag up the petition.

And it will invite the petitioner – Inverness Courier journalist Louise Glen – to resubmit if progress is not made.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Stewart said: “I congratulated Louise Glen from the Inverness Courier for her initiative on this issue. This is what good campaigning local newspapers are all about. The government’s promises to make this road safer are long-awaited and pressure and scrutiny is crucial. Today’s decision was purely procedural and I would hope the Inverness Courier would submit a fresh petition to the new committee after the election so this can continue to be looked at.”

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