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Opposition to cutting down of 17 oak trees in Inverness

Sign on Caulfield Road North calling for support for the protection of 17 oak trees
Image caption A sign on Caulfield Road North calling for support for the protection of 17 oak trees

A public meeting is to be held on Tuesday night to oppose the potential loss of 17 mature oak trees to road improvements in Inverness.

The trees are on the route of Transport Scotland's planned Inverness east link road, which has been designed to ease traffic flow between the A96 and A9.

Two community councils are holding the meeting to discuss concerns about the risk to the Caulfield North Road trees.

Transport Scotland said it was considering feedback on its plans.

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has said he supports locals who are concerned about the loss of the oaks.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: "Building on the A9/A96 Connections Study which was completed last year, we have recently consulted with local communities on six potential options for the A9/A96 Inshes to Smithton Link Road.

"We are now considering the comments from the public exhibitions as we work towards identifying a preferred route option next year to improve the road network around Inverness and improve road safety for all users.

"The closing date for comments is 7 October and we would encourage anyone with an interest in this scheme to give us their views."

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