Public to be consulted on Memsie speed limit

Accident black spot: the scene at Memsie crossroads on Tuesday September 6. picture: Alison Kennedy
Accident black spot: the scene at Memsie crossroads on Tuesday September 6. picture: Alison Kennedy

Aberdeenshire Council has said the public will be given its say on the proposed speed limit change at Memsie which could see the 50mph limit reduced to 40mph.

It is the latest and final stage of the plan which has been in the public eye for several months.

If successful, the speed limit on the A981 through Memsie will be reduced for the second time in little over a decade

Memsie residents have witnessed numerous collisions at the crossroads where many drivers fail to stop.

Councillor Ian Tait had written to Grampian Police last year concerning the issue, with the backing of more than 50 local residents, suggesting that the erection of cameras at the sight would enable the police to prosecute speeding drivers.

The Fraserburgh Herald contacted the council’s roads department regarding the matter.

A spokesperson said: “If, at the end of the public consultation, there are no objections, then the speed limit will be reduced. After speed limit assessments, it was decided that we could reduce he limit due to the figures found.”

Any objections will be considered, and may, in turn, delay the reduction of the speed limit by as much as “a couple of months or indefinitely”, he said.

A ballpark figure for the erection of new signs and road markings has been set at £2,500 for the proposal.

Councillor Ian Tait, speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, said: “I am purely in support of the speed limit reduction.