Councillors welcome Boothby measures

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at Boothby Road.

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at Boothby Road.

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Fraserburgh and district’s SNP councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping have this week welcomed news that Boothby Road will soon be boosted by crossing measures, as revealed in last week’s Fraserburgh Herald.

Councillor Brian Topping greeted the news by saying that the traditional criteria for crossing measures at the site would have never been met due to the road’s “very nature,” parents choosing to drive their children to and from the nearby primary school rather than making them cross the busy road.

“I’m really delighted that everyone has responded and pushed together,” Councillor Topping said.

As the chair of Fraserburgh’s Community Safety Group, Councillor Topping has previously campaigned for school crossing patrollers in the area and, along with his fellow councillor Charles Buchan, spoken in favour of crossing measures at Boothby Road.

Councillor Buchan added: “It’s fine to see local democracy working here,” praising the efforts of the local councillors involved and the local people who responded to calls for a consultation on the matter.

Both councillors also wished to thank the efforts of Aberdeenshire Council’s roads manager for his efforts in bringing safety measures to Boothby Road.

Last week, independent councillor Ian Tait had also spoken on his happiness of the safety measures which will see a puffin crossing system installed at Boothby Road.

He told us: “It has taken a considerable time to work through all the difficulties, and I have spent a considerable amount of time on this matter, but it is now going ahead and will provide a safer crossing point for all my constituents there, especially the younger and elderly ones.”