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Spaces for People measures to be removed from Ellon town centre

By David Porter

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Physical barriers which were installed in Ellon town centre as part of the Spaces for People measures are set to be the last to be removed from Aberdeenshire next week.

Other towns including Turriff and Inverurie have already seen the removal of the barriers and the reinstatement of two way traffic on main streets.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "We can confirm that following engagement with local members the Spaces for People measures in the centre of Ellon will be removed on Monday May 31.

"The 20mph temporary speed limits will remain at this time."

Alan Wood, Aberdeenshire Council's director of infrastructure services, 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.

"The 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”.

Looking ahead local councillors have requested that a traffic management review is undertaken for Ellon Town Centre to consider the positive elements of Spaces for People and how best to support traffic flow and the town centre.

"This has been agreed in principle and will be added to future work programmes.”

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