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School speeding issue raised with council

By David Porter

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A local councillor is continuing his campaign to address speeding issues outside schools in the Garioch after issues at Kinellar Primary caused parents to bring the matter to wider attention.

Councillor Glen Reid explained: "Following complaints from concerned parents and residents about the speed of traffic going past Kinellar School, Blackburn, I requested that council officers carry out a speed survey.

"I have had to chase this up three times, but its been done, and the results are shocking.

"At the three times that the 20 mph part time lights are in operation on Fintray Road in front of the school, the majority of cars are speeding, and speeding considerably.

"In the morning, as the children are making their way to school, the largest group of motorists are driving at 25 mph.

"At lunchtime, and at school finishing time, the largest group of motorists on the road are travelling at 25 mph and then the next largest group are driving at 30 mph!

"This is totally unacceptable, and incredibly similar to the situation that has been happening at Kintore School, which I have successfully argued for traffic calming to be installed.

He continued: "I have set up an urgent meeting with the Head of Roads in Aberdeenshire to find out what they plan to do to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians at Kinellar School.

"I will pursue this, as I did in Kintore, as we cannot wait until a tragedy happens."

Councillor Reid's raising of issues at Kintore saw him challenge for the creation of a permanent 20mph zone at the school rather than the time based one.

While measures were fully supported by members of the Infrastructure Services Commitee, roads officers negotiated instead that traffic calming measures would be introduced on the section of the road, to offer the reduction without changes to the legal speed limit.

These are currently subject to design work and are expected to come back before committee in the near future.

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