One rare area in which politicians from different parties can be found in agreement is in the need for a flyover on the A92 at Laurencekirk.
This week both Councillor David May, Lib Dem, and Nigel Don, SNP MSP, have reiterated their calls for work to be begun as a matter of urgency.
They have been prompted by the news that the Scottish Government’s infrastructure committee has agreed that Jill Fotheringham’s petition on the flyover should remain open until the structure is built.
Councillor May told us: “The Transport Minister has indicated that there are issues which still have to resolved about funding, and it is clear to me that it is his responsibility to get this in place. It is also clear that our [local] councils have no role to play in funding this as this trunk road is the responsibility of his government and Transport Scotland and they have to fund it.
“Derek Mackay, the Transport Minster, has admitted that the evidence is there about the need for a flyover, and I now expect that he and the government will make it a priority, so I call on him to make the decision quickly, set the date and get the work started in the next year.”
And MSP Mr Don has again called on Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans and Transport Scotland to meet with him to discuss how the flyover is going to be delivered.
He said: “Like all my constituents I am pleased that a technical study has confirmed what we have all known for a very long time: that there needs to be a flyover at the Laurencekirk south junction. But whilst this has to be regarded as progress local folk will feel no safer until it is actually built, and we need to make that happen as fast as possible.”