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Public comments sought on access to Turriff's Haughs

By David Porter

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Earlier this year Aberdeenshire Council were awarded £30,000 from SUSTRANS’ Scotland Places for Everyone fund to undertake the concept design phase of Turriff’s Haughs Improved Access Project.

Route 3 looks at the access from the Central Mart link into the Haughs
Route 3 looks at the access from the Central Mart link into the Haughs

Last month residents were about to be encouraged to provide feedback on concept designs for the improved access route for walking and cycling provision at the Haughs at a public drop-in session.

This was originally set to be held on Wednesday, March 25 but fell foul of the coronavirus event cancellations.

Instead, to ensure that feedback can still be provided, a survey has now been created online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWLFLHD where the public can leave their comments.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine Area Manager, Elaine Brown, said: “In response to previous community engagement work facilitated by council officers through the work of the Haughs Redevelopment Steering Group, it is fantastic to see the improved access project move forward to concept design phase.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to complete the online survey which will provide us with vital feedback on the proposals.”

The overall aim of the project is to inform preferred and specific walking and cycling measures in a bid to see more journeys of this type.

The feedback survey is composed of an improved access project questionnaire where public views are sought on the concept design proposals for potential lighting improvements and an improved access route at various points into the Haughs.

The access next to the Academy is discussed in the Woodland link.
The access next to the Academy is discussed in the Woodland link.

Concept design options have been developed for a number of existing paths with the aim of better connecting people with town amenities in a safe and accessible way as well as looking at potential new access routes into the site which better reflect the development of the town as a whole including housing which was not constructed at the time of the site being defined.[

While Aberdeenshire Council has been able to secure funding from SUSTRANS Scotland to progress this first phase to develop concept designs, any further phases of this project will be subject to securing additional funding from external funders such as SUSTRANS Scotland.

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