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Council approved new speed limits for Rothienorman

By David Porter

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A community's wish to have the speed limits reduced has been granted by councillors at the Formatine Area Committee.

Councillors have approved a move to reduce speed limits throughout Rothienorman.
Councillors have approved a move to reduce speed limits throughout Rothienorman.

Members this week approved a range of new speed limits for Rothienorman after roads officers brought forward a paper proposing new traffic orders to cover both the main B9001 route through the village and various side roads.

Roads officer Katherine Sparrow said: “The speed limit on the B9001 reduced to 30mph to the north to Harvey Way so that it covers all the houses and also extend it south to cover the footpath on the bridge as you head south.

“Accordingly we will also move the 40mph limits further north and south so the speed transition is maintained.

“At the same time we are raising an order to cover the remaining side streets which are not covered to reduce them to 20mph.

“To support the 20mph on Smithy Road we are also proposing a speed table.”

Aberdeenshire Council carried out a traffic management review of the speed limits in Rothienorman after numerous complaints were raised by residents and by Rothienorman Community Association.

Councillor Anne Stirling said: “This is a very welcome paper and it has been well received locally also following discussion with your colleagues so it is very encouraging to see it come forward in this form.

“I wont preempt the consultation but there will be comments and observations come forward from the community in terms of the treatment of Main Street and the speed table.

“We need to make sure that everyone is aware of the consultation so that can feed into it and that people are encouraged to make sure their thoughts are made known to the service.

“We appreciate the work that has gone into the speed review and await the outcomes of the consultation.

Councillor Alistair Forsyth said:”Thank you to officers for their engagement with the community.

“As a resident I have first hand experience of people airing their views on traffic management and this report is extremely welcome.

“This hasn't turned up yesterday though, so credit goes to previous councillors who have also been involved and I look forward to it being published and I hope the local community make their thoughts known."

Following this committee meeting officers now propose to undertake a four week statutory consultation with interested parties such as the Emergency Services, Police Scotland, Community Councils, the Road Haulage Association and others.

This would be followed by a 21 day public consultation with site notices erected at the affected locations and giving anyone who wishes to object to the making of the order the opportunity to do so as well as provide comment and feedback.

Details will also be made available through the Advertiser and Grampian Online when made public.

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