Concerns raised over Old Mill Inn bypass proposals

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Plans revealed last week will see up to 300 workers housed in the Old Mill Inn at Maryculter during the construction of the Aberdeen Bypass.

The developer behind the scheme for the Deeside premises has announced proposals to install 132 portable units at the site, which will be used as accommodation for 264 contractors.

Residents have raised concerns over the plans, which will also see a field on the opposite side of the B9077 South Deeside Road turned into a car park.

There are fears that locating the car parking facilities across the road from the 132 accommodation units will be dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists, due to the huge volume of traffic that uses the busy commuter route.

The car park would accommodate 275 vehicles.

Concerns have also bee raised over visibility at the entrance to Old Mill Inn, which also serves as an access route for private housing.

The Old Mill Inn closed its doors to the public in November last year. It is thought that the 200-year-old inn will reopen for business as a bar, hotel and restaurant following the completion of the AWPR.

While the AWPR is under construction, workers staying at the inn will have to comply with a no-alcohol policy and the site will be monitored with 24-7 security.