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Council considers next steps for Spaces for People measures in Aberdeenshire


By David Porter

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Aberdeenshire Council officers have said that they are to considering the “next steps” for the Spaces for People measures across the region.

The temporary infrastructure programme was put in place last year to ensure people could access town centre services while maintaining physical distancing.

Spaces for People schemes were introduced in towns including Inverurie last year and are, at present set to remain.
Spaces for People schemes were introduced in towns including Inverurie last year and are, at present set to remain.

Measures were installed in Banchory, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven and Turriff.

However the council carried out a revision of the measures at the end of 2020 and following consultation with local councillors, community representatives and business groups some measures were altered or removed.

Alterations were made to most areas, will all measures removed in Turriff with exception of the 20mph speed limit.

The local authority may alter the measures further later this year following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the plan to ease lockdown restrictions across Scotland.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “Officers are considering the update from Scottish Government as set out this week alongside local data and advice from colleagues at NHS Grampian.

"These will inform the next steps on the Spaces for People measures which still remain.”

Spaces for People is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Sustrans Scotland.

Aberdeenshire Council received £310,000 to implement the measures across the region.


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