Spaces for People measures removed in Inverurie but discussions to be held over Ellon
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The Spaces for People measures in Inverurie town centre have been removed, but they remain in Ellon with the council confirming further discussions are planned in the coming week to consider the details of any changes.
The barriers and one way system were removed from Inverurie over the weekend.
The local authority has also removed the measures from Stonehaven and Banchory.
On the Ellon situation a local authority spokesman said: "With regards to the options in Ellon, further discussions are planned in the coming week to consider the details of any changes."
Aberdeenshire Council’s director of infrastructure services Alan Wood said: “The temporary Spaces for People measures played an important role in keeping people safe during a time of international crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The measures that we put in place were always temporary. As restrictions begin to ease, it was appropriate to have discussions about the best way of keeping people safe whilst encouraging continued support to local businesses in our towns.
“Removal of the temporary measures now appears to be the preference in most communities given the changed circumstances – the ongoing reduction in Covid cases, the successful roll out of vaccinations, increased testing and the acceptance by our citizens of the need to observe social distancing.
"In some towns this may require further discussions on the details of how and when the changes will happen but we are now seeing changes.”