Police plea over humps

Councillor Tait has asked Grampian Police to give the Area Committee confirmation that they would enforce a speed limit of 20 m.p.h. in the Kirkton Road area of Fraserburgh without the need for speed humps, if such a speed limit were to be imposed.

This is the latest action Councillor Tait has taken in an attempt to prevent speed humps being erected throughout the Kirton Road area.

The speed humps were originally approved at an Area Committee meeting in March 2009. The report presented to the Area Committee at that time stated that: “When introducing mandatory 20 m.p.h. speed limits in residential streets national guidelines state that where 85%ile speeds are recorded above 24 m.p.h a mandatory speed limit can only be implemented with traffic calming measures.

One of the intentions of the national guidelines is to ensure that mandatory 20 m.p.h. speed limits are self enforcing and do not require unreasonable levels of enforcement from the police.

A mandatory 20 m.p.h. speed limit without the installation of traffic calming features would not be supported by the police.”

Councillor Tait told the Herald that he has now contacted the Chief Constable of Grampian Police to ask for confirmation that they would police a 20 m.p.h speed limit without the need for speed humps being erected. Councillor Tait told the Herald: “I have asked the police to intervene in the matter of these humps intended to be laid down against the wishes of over 300 of my constituents who live in the area. The road traffic police clearly have a locus. However, I am told that when the police were consulted by council officials about putting up 20 m.p.h. signs, they said they had no objection but they would not police them. That is why the horrible humps are being proposed.

“My constituents are also asking why the police did not take action to catch the offenders who were alleged to have been speeding in the area? They say the police seem to have forgotten the old maxim that you punish one to teach the others a lesson. If the offensive behaviour persists then you punish again harder.”

Councillor Tait added: “I think this would help the council to look again at the approval for the humps and I know my constituents would be very grateful because they are overwhelmingly against these horrible humps. My constituents are obviously very concerned about the safety of their children and yet over three hundred have said they do not want these humps.”

The Herald contacted Grampian Police regarding the National Guidelines but had not received a response when going to press.