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Village speed limits set for review

By David Porter

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Councillors at the upcoming meeting of Formatine Area Committee in Ellon next week will be asked to approve new speed limits for Rothienorman.

Roads officers have brought forward a paper proposing new traffic orders which would see the speed limit on the B9001 reduced to 30mph along the whole stretch in the village and 20mph on all side roads.

In their report they explain: "Due to concerns being raised from members and the public with regards to speeding traffic along the B9001 and through the village, Aberdeenshire Council have carried out a traffic management review of the speed limits in Rothienorman.

"Rothienorman Community Association also requested that the speed limits are reviewed.

"The proposals are to extend the 30mph section along the B9001 and to introduce a mandatory 20mph for all residential streets."

The proposals are to implement 20mph speed limits for residential streets within Rothienorman including Fraser Way, Fraser Court, Simpson

Crescent, Rothie Park, Smithy Road, Station Road, Crawford Place and Kimberley Court as these roads are deemed appropriate for the implementation of a 20mph limit.

Officers also plan to introduce a physical traffic calming feature on Smithy Road to encourage speeds below 20mph a speed table has been proposed to ensure that the 20mph limit complies with regulations so that "drivers are likely to adhere to it."

Plans also propose to extend the existing 30 and 40 mph restrictions on the B9001.

The current 30mph speed limit which is from Cormack Park (North leg) southwards towards the football ground to a property named North Lodge would be extend by 270m north to encompass Harvey Way and by 290m further south to encompass the narrow pedestrian footpath over the Red Burn bridge.

The 40mph to the north of Rothienorman has been relocated 270m further north.

This will continue to act as an intermediate speed limit between the national speed limit and the 30mph limit.

Following this committee meeting officerspropose 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.

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