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Lines drawn over Turriff parking issue

By David Porter

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AS more retail premises across the north-east prepare to open their doors this week, an ongoing issue over social distancing measures introduced in Turriff saw resolution this week.

Aberdfeenshire Council started new road markings on Main Street.
Aberdfeenshire Council started new road markings on Main Street.

Members of Turriff Business Association had previously objected to the full scale plans which were to be introduced as part of the Safer Places scheme.

This led to a Aberdeenshrie Council revising the plans to only focus on Main Street in the town, turning it one way and using cones to widen the pavement.

But issues arose over the loss of on street parking, in particular the lack of signage to show that this was still possible.

Following meeting with Aberdeenshire Council a compromise was reached that delineation markings are implemented to show more clearly parking spaces in Main Street and council staff started the process on Wednesday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the Business Association said:"Hopefully this will clarify the position of the parking issues currently ongoing.

"More visible parking signs will be put in place.

"This will be on a trial basis and we will have to report back in seven to 10 days' time so we would ourselves appreciate any feedback from the community on how this is working or any changes that may still need to be made.

"We have also asked for a no right turn on the pole in front of drivers coming out of Chapel Street which the council are now sorting.

"Visible P parking signs we asked for are going on same pole and on the bus stop outside Ladies Celebrations as we wanted them to be higher up and more visible to drivers when entering Main Street, although the home made ones Brown's butcher added to the cones outside their premises did actually encourage some cars to park in the allocated space.

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