Spaces for People to remain in place for now

Aberdeenshire Council officers are currently considering the “next steps” for the Spaces for People measures across the region.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 6:40 am
Spaces for people

The temporary infrastructure programme was put in place last year to ensure people could access town centre services while maintaining physical distancing.

The Spaces for People scheme was launched by the Scottish Government in April 2020, when local authorities began to develop plans to support and enable the safe reopening of non-essential retail premises in town centres.

Towns across Aberdeenshire were assessed and locations identified where it was considered physical distancing would be difficult to maintain.

In June last year, a range of measures were introduced in Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven and Turriff, as a range of business premises began to reopen their doors to members of the public.

These measures included vehicular diversions, one-way traffic systems, on-street parking restrictions and providing some of the existing road space for pedestrian use - to allow them to maintain physical distancing.

However, Aberdeenshire Council carried out a revision of the measures at the end of the year and following consultation with local councillors, community representatives and business groups some measures were altered or removed.

Alterations were made to most areas however all measures were removed in Turriff with the exception of the 20mph speed limit.

The local authority may alter the measures further later this year following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the plan to ease lockdown restrictions across Scotland.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “Officers are considering the update from Scottish Government as set out this week alongside local data and advice from colleagues at NHS Grampian.

"These will inform the next steps on the Spaces for People measures which still remain.”

Spaces for People is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.

Aberdeenshire Council received a total of £310,000 to implement the measures across the region.