CAMPAIGNERS from Saltoun Place are celebrating after Aberdeenshire Council's Banff and Buchan Area Committee rejected proposals by officials to route a one-way system along the links lane behind their homes in the opposite direction from what they claim is the safer route.
And councillors have also moved to put the plans out for further consultation in due course in line with the wishes of residents.
This means that the current two-way system will continue to operate.
Residents of Saltoun Place, whose homes back on to the Links lane, were fighting plans by the council to turn the lane into a one-way route entering from the 'Granda' Swings end and exiting from the Links Road end, claiming that for safety reasons it would be better to run the one-way system in the opposite direction.
All the residents, many of whom have lived there for 20 or 30 years, already enter the land via the Links Road end and exit via the 'Granda' Swings, although many non-resident drivers using the 'Granda Swings' come the other way.
Resident, Mrs Nancy Duthie said that after she heard the news, she had rung round all the residents to tell them the decision and are all "delighted" with the outcome of the discussions.
After the meeting, Fraserburgh Councillor Ian Tait told 'The Herald':
"At the committee today, I moved that the suggested direction of the one-way system which went against the wishes of my constituents should be rejected. I am delighted to say that the committee agreed to this.
"I pointed out that the residents are not going to ask for something that they think would endanger their own safety. They tell me that for years they have been entering at Links Road and exiting at Saltoun Place and they are doing this because they have found it to be the safest way.
"However, the residents do want a one-way system and so I also moved that a new consultation should go out in line with the wishes of the residents which is to have a one-way system going in at the Links Road end and out at the Saltoun Place end. This will go out for consultation in due course . In the meantime, the present situation continues.
"I know that my constituents there are very relieved at the outcome and I am happy I managed to get a result in line with their wishes," he said.
Last week, resident, Mrs Lynn McRae told 'The Herald' that safety was their biggest concerns.: "If you are going out the 'Granda' Swings end then at least you are only coming out onto traffic going two ways. "
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