Sheriffhall Overarching Objectors (ShOO) are looking to make a compelling case to the Public Inquiry into the £120 million proposed A720 Sheriffhall Roundabout redevelopment. They require fees of £8,000 to employ an expert on carbon emissions and a legal team to present the case against the project, where both are offering to work for 50% pro bono.
The group’s objections include these concerns:
- The proposal would generate more traffic and contradicts Transport Scotland’s goal “A route map to achieve a 20 percent reduction in car kilometres by 2030.”
- The construction of the Scheme would involve immense carbon emissions, primarily through the consumption of diesel oil, concrete and steel, when immediate reductions in emissions are essential to avoid catastrophic climate change.
- In its operation, the scheme makes no significant or genuine contribution towards the rapid carbon reductions required to meet the targets of the Scottish Climate Change Act: building and operating it jeopardises any chance for Scotland to deliver net-zero as required by the Scottish Government’s own laws.
- The initial budget for the Scheme was £120 million, but with massive inflation in the building industry, the actual cost would likely be at least £200 million. Even if those sums are available for transport, given widespread poverty and the financial pressures on government, they could be far better spent on public transport and active travel.
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