Councillors welcome Boothby Road lights

Councillors Buchan and Topping with community councillor Mary Melville.
Councillors Buchan and Topping with community councillor Mary Melville.

Fraserburgh and district councillors Charles Buchan, Brian Topping and Ian Tait have this week all commented on the final step of Boothby Road’s safety improvements.

The three councillors have each campaigned to have safety improvements installed at the busy road, which culminated last week with traffic lights finally being turned on at a popular crossing point for parents and children.

Previous attempts to see safety measures added to the road had failed after it had been revealed that the road was not deemed busy enough to warrant a school patroller or crossing point.

Now, however, after several years of campaigning from Fraserburgh’s councillors and Fraserburgh’s Community Safety Group, families who have appealed to councillors for the measures last week saw the culmination of their efforts, Aberdeenshire Council installing a light-controlled crossing.

Commenting, Councillor Tait said: “Due to the deterioration of the weather last week, it looked unlikely that the anti-skid measures at the roundabout end would be completed by the time the lights were commissioned. However, it was carried out as soon as possible thereafter.

“I am delighted that this project has now come to a successful conclusion for the benefit of my constituents in the area, especially the youngsters, the elderly, and the disabled.”

Councillor Topping, meanwhile, said: “Obviously, I’m delighted at long last we’ve got a safe crossing. It’s been a long running concern that was first raised many years ago by the safety group.

“There has been a lot of people involved in this, and I think it is good that people are working together.”

“It just shows community engagement in action in getting a much needed, safe crossing for the people of Fraserburgh.

“Let’s hope that this will reduce car usage and alleviate the dire parking problems at South Park and St Andrews primaries.” added Councillor Buchan.

Councillors Topping and Buchan also both added their thanks to Alan Burns of Aberdeenshire Council’s roads department for his efforts in achieving the crossing for Boothby Road.

Mary Melville, vice chair of Fraserburgh’s community council and a member of the local safety group, commented: “I think it’s a great improvement for the mothers and families that want to cross the road safely.” She also added that it had originally been the safety group who first raised concern about the road.