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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Rolf Harris backs bypass protest
Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris has given his backing to the Camphill campaigners
Artist and entertainer Rolf Harris has backed campaigners concerned about plans to route a bypass near a special needs community in Aberdeen.

The star has joined other celebrities in raising concerns about the effect of the bypass on the Camphill Newton Dee community centre.

Campaigners fear it could adversely affect the adults and children who use the centre.

However, backers have denied this and point to the scheme's planned benefits.

The public consultation on the Western Peripheral Route ended last week.

Protestors claim the Deeside community will be destroyed by the road.

They fear that constant traffic noise could disrupt work at the Camphill Rudolph Steiner School for children suffering from severe behavioural problems.

The quality of life for 200 special needs children and adults must be more important than putting a road right there
Rolf Harris

The Save Camphill campaign has already received support from broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, actress Trudie Goodwin and Timmy Mallet, whose brother, Martin, lives at Camphill.

Mr Harris said: "I hate to think that Newton Dee and the work with the special needs kids at Camphill Rudolf Steiner School could be damaged by a new road.

"I know the Mallets - Timmy and Martin - and it's quite obvious how happy and fulfilling a life Martin has thanks to Newton Dee.

"The quality of life for 200 special needs children and adults must be more important than putting a road right there."

Should the preferred route be selected it will cost up to 280m and could be the subject of a public inquiry ahead of completion by 2010.

Transport Minister Nicol Stephen said the new road would significantly reduce traffic congestion and boost the local economy. He said a decision would be taken on the route after responses had been examined.

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