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Revised plan announced for Turriff traffic measures


By David Porter

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Following considerable opposition from local retailers and residents, Aberdeenshire Council have announced a revised plan for traffic measures in Turriff Town Centre.

Revisions mean the traffic will no longer be subject to no waiting next week.
Revisions mean the traffic will no longer be subject to no waiting next week.

The move comes after an online meeting on Thursday where further discussion was had between various representatives and stakeholders over how this should be progressed.

Earlier this week, council officers had at first said that traffic orders were only indicative, but changed their minds on Wednesday prompting a backlash that saw a petition gather over 750 signatures in opposition the the plans.

The newly revised plan includes the following:

• 20mph as per original plan

• No parking restrictions on Main Street or Schoolhill, none initially on High Street either (to be reviewed after week one)

• Two-way traffic to remain on Schoolhill

• One-way traffic on Main Street to allow a wider footpath on the Celebrations side, parking to remain on the opposite side (butchers) but with a line of cones 1m out from the kerb.

Councillor Anne Stirling
Councillor Anne Stirling

Commenting, local councillor Anne Stirling said: "I am delighted to welcome the announcement that officers of Aberdeenshire Council have listened carefully to the business association, elected members and other affected parties and have made amendments to the plan which are condusive to both safe physical distancing and wider access to the town centre in Turriff.

"I would emphasise that Public Health and the safety of all town centre users is at the heart of this initiative.

"It has been important to recognise that a partnership approach is the most beneficial way of achieving improved outcomes for everyone.

"I would like to thank Turriff Business Association, community representatives and the wider public for ensuring that local views were heard and I appreciate the support of the Area Manager and officers for their willingness to work collaboratively to find a way forward."

She continued: ""The Roads service and the Business Association will monitor the activity in the town over the next week and a meeting to review the situation has been arranged.

"Any signage which has been erected, and not required, will either be covered up or removed."


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