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Petition gathers strength over Turriff town centre plans

By David Porter

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Local councillor Anne Stirling is the latest to express her concerns over plans to introduce measures to Turriff under the Spaces for People scheme.

Councillor Anne Stirling
Councillor Anne Stirling

Over 650 outraged business owners and local resident have taken to signing a petition in opposition to the moves.

Speaking today councillor Stirling said: "As a result of Aberdeenshire Council’s published plans to introduce restrictions to Turriff Town Centre to create Spaces for People, I have made representations to the service in support of Turriff Business Association and the wider community who believe the impact of these measures will have a negative impact on the local economy.

"Views have been shared in person, on social media and by signatures on a petition.

"The proposal to implement a 20mph zone in the town centre has attracted positive comments and I agree that this would improve the amenity and experience for everyone.

"Public Health is a key consideration at this time and it is important to ensure that all retail staff and residents alike are as safe as possible.

"While this is the underlying principle of this initiative, there is an expectation that those most affected would be involved and included in any associated decision making.

Turriff High Street
Turriff High Street

She said: "Unfortunately, this was not the case and no consultation was carried out with anyone, including local members.

"However, an acknowledgement has been made that mistakes were made and the process has not been handled well.

"Officers visited business owners yesterday (Wednesday) and the second meeting to be held this week has been arranged for this evening (Thursday).

"Representatives from TBA, Community Council, Roads service and local councillors will meet with the Area Manager to hear feedback from all parties.

"Further information will be made available as soon as possible following the discussion.

"I would like to thank everyone for their comments.

"I will continue to promote the local point of view and pursue a suitable outcome."

As reported yesterday, Aberdeenshire Council have been asked to provide Grampian Online/Advertiser with an update to this issue which has not been forthcoming.

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