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Feedback from stakeholders helping to shape revision to safety measures


By David Porter

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Aberdeenshire Council has said today that feedback from key stakeholders is helping to shape revisions to the temporary infrastructure measures designed to support public health and safety in town centres.

Feedback to Aberdeenshire Council will see revisions for access plans which may come into place in towns including Inverurie and Ellon.
Feedback to Aberdeenshire Council will see revisions for access plans which may come into place in towns including Inverurie and Ellon.

The Spaces for People project will introducing flexible and temporary measures creating additional space in town centres to allow people to adhere to the physical distancing guidelines as lockdown restrictions ease.

The proposals, which are fully-funded through Sustrans’ Spaces for People grant, are being reviewed by officers to take into account some of the concerns raised by key stakeholders while still achieving the over-arching aim of the project which is to keep people safe as they return to our town centres.

Opposition to some of the plans which are still in progress continued to mount since they were announced.

This included retailers in Peterhead and many members of the community in Ellon who took to social media to express concerns.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "These proposals are temporary and will only be required as long as physical distancing guidelines are in place.

"They are also flexible so that they can be amended quickly if local conditions require."

Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Stephen Archer, said: “The purpose of these measures is to allow people to return to our town centres safe in the knowledge that interventions are in place to keep them safe.

“The proposals are being amended by our project teams and, although some temporary restrictions to motorised traffic will remain, our town centres will still be accessible by all modes and will be very much open for business.”

Revised proposals will be available for sharing next week and, if any of the temporary measures are required, they will be ready for deployment after July 6.


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