Speed limit could be reduced

Fraserburgh and district councillor Charles Buchan has backed calls for a reduced speed limit near the new sports and leisure facility in Fraserburgh, following concerns from Fraserburgh Community Council.

At last month’s Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Cllr Buchan raised the issue with Alan Campbell, from Bear (Scotland), after proposals to introduce parking restrictions on Maconnachie Road, near Gray and Adams, were revealed.

“Along with support from Fraserburgh Community Council, I floated the idea of changing the speed limit from the present 40mph, to 30mph,” explained Cllr Buchan.

“Already, concerns have been expressed at the increased manoevering, and busyness, taking place in this area during working hours, making the 40mph limit too liberal,” he said.

He added: “Once the new community centre and sports facility is operational, and with the new traffic lights, even more traffic complexity will occur, making the present limit even more unacceptable, and the chance of accidents happening becoming much more likely.

“The Bear (Scotland) official, Mr A. Campbell, took the comments on board, stating that this was being considered, and further progress on this matter is possible.”

Both Councillor Ian Tait and Councillor Brian Topping approved the idea of a reduced speed limit.

“A reduction of the speed limit is necessary,” commented Councillor Tait at the Banff and Buchan Area Committee.

Meanwhile, also at the meeting, Banff and Buchan councillors agreed to the approve the parking area West of Tarlair Street, the parking area South-west of the Park Hotel, and the remote footpath South-east of The Hythe, Gamrie, to the statutory list of public roads.

In Fraserburgh, Anderson Court, Anderson Gardens, a remote footpath from Robertson Road to Anderson Gardens, and a footway Westwards from Robertson Road to the junction with Anderson Court were also added to the statutory list of public roads.

Neither the Fraserburgh nor Gamrie proposals received an objection from the councillors present.