Speed limits to be imposed

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More than 30 Banchory streets - mainly in the Hill of Banchory - will have 20mph speed limits imposed on them, following a decision made at a meeting of the Marr Area Committee in Tullynessle Hall on Tuesday (September 6).

A number of traffic management proposals – including dropping the speed limit to 40mph on a stretch of Glassel Road - were also discussed by councillors at the meeting.

A report before them recommended that the committee agreed to the implementation of the proposed 20mph speed limits in a number of Banchory streets, including the entire length of Pine Tree Road, Sycamore Road, Sycamore Place, Sycamore Way, Chestnut Grove, Chestnut Park, Chestnut Close, Chestnut Lane, Larch Tree Crescent, Larch Tree Place, Larch Tree Way, Cherry Tree Road, Rowan Tree Road, Hollow Tree Road, Oak Tree Avenue, Ash Tree Road, Beech Tree Road, Fir Brae, Tillybrake Rise, Tillybrake Gardens, Olympia Gardens, Upper Lochton, part of Provost Black Way, part of Provost Black Drive, entire length of Forestside Drive, Forestside Gardens, Woodlands Road, Woodlands Place, Scolty View, Scolty Place, Corrichie Place, Kerloch Crescent, Tilquhillie Place, Tillybrake Rise, Tillybrake Gardens, part of Tillybrake Road and the entire length of Heath Row.

Several representations were received by Aberdeenshire Council from local residents, regarding the proposals. Whilst many were in favour of a 20mph speed limit in these areas, not everyone felt there was a need.

In an e-mail to the council, one resident said: “I have lived in Forestside Drive for 28 years and wonder why a 20mph speed limit now has to be introduced in this area as there is very little opportunity to exceed 20mph anyway as the roads were constructed with frequent bends for the express purpose of slowing traffic down….is there evidence of a need for such restrictions?”

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Linda Clark (Banchory and Mid Deeside) said: “I think anything which encourages people to look at their speed is to be applauded, for obvious reasons. We’ve got children trying to walk to school, mums with prams and elderly people walking in a built up area which is not Brands Hatch.

“We have only reacted to information gained from the ‘planning for real’ and ‘making it real’ exercises. When people go along to community councils and bring up issues, they would expect us to look at these issues and pass them on.”

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Karen Clark said the public needed to be kept informed of what was happening in the town, such as the review of parking at Bellfield car park, where, she said, there were concerns city workers were parking in the free spaces meant for shoppers.

Representations were received regarding the proposed implementation of ‘speed tables’ in some Banchory roads - including Watson Street and Forestside Road - with some claiming their vehicles had been damaged on speed humps and others who felt they impeded winter services - including snow ploughs - and restricted the fast response of emergency vehicles.

Councillors agreed to defer a decision on the implementation of speed tables in Watson Street and Forestside Road.