Waiting game for Boothby Rd

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Fraserburgh and district Councillor Brian Topping has told the Fraserburgh Herald of his delight that local people have taken their opportunity to make their voice heard on the Boothby Road crossing issue.

Earlier this year, households of South Park, St Andrews and Fraserburgh Academy pupils were consulted over safety concerns at Boothby Road, where children were allegedly finding it difficult to cross the road to travel to school.

In total, only 37.89% of households had returned the survey, however, with Councillor Topping revealing that the criteria gathered had not warranted a crossing measure, despite results showing that the majority of households were in favour of one being in place.

Councillor Topping said: “Previous surveys on traffic densities have not given a true picture of the problem, as most parents were so anxious about the danger to their children in crossing the By-pass that they stopped them walking, and drove them to school in their cars. As Chairman of the Fraserburgh Safety Committee, I welcome the results of the survey, which shows there is a definite need for a crossing. A crossing will also help reduce the parking/ drop-off problems at South Park and St Andrews Schools.”

Councillor Buchan added: “I thank the roads department for reacting to the public concern shown, and I will endeavour to keep on working on the provision of a safe crossing for our young people. Walking to school is healthy, and it saves parents time and money, as well as helping the environment by reducing car mileage and reducing our carbon footprint.”

Councillor Ian Tait, who has also campaigned for a crossing measure at Boothby Road on behalf of constituents, had earlier met with parents and roads officials last year.

“As a result of meeting the parents, I decided to press for two things. Firstly, I decided that a formal light controlled crossing was needed and also to ask for a school crossing patroller. I favour the same kind of crossing as the one installed at College Bounds for children going to the North School.

“In light of these returns, it is clear that the parents would favour a formal crossing with an equal preference for either a zebra or puffin crossing. This backs up my view that a light-controlled crossing is badly needed here. This road is already heavily used and the amount of traffic using it will increase by a huge amount once the Asda supermarket opens.

“In view of this, I will continue to press for a light-controlled crossing to be installed. If we are successful, I am hoping that the crossing will be installed for the 2013/14 school term in August, 2013,” he added, going on to say that roads officials would now continue their discussions with the education service about the possibility of a school crossing patroller, possibly on an initial trial basis, after the Easter school holidays which would, in turn, allow the service to assess the number of children and parents likely to use a crossing during term time.

“These things take time, but progress is being made and we should know how things are going to go early next year. I would ask the parents to bear with us and I am hopeful that both the crossing and the patroller will be provided,” Councillor Tait said.