Aberdeenshire Council have no plans to create a new access road for Newlands Road, Mintlaw despite pleas from local councillor Jim Ingram.
In a letter to Philip McKay, head of Roads and Landscape Services, cllr Ingram said: “My assessment of the Newlands Road/Station Road junction is that of a location with an incident waiting to happen again, with it having been scene of a fatal accident some years ago.”
Serious concerns were expressed at a recent meeting of Mintlaw Community Council, with members worried about the volume of traffic using the junction.
They also raised concerns that around 600 residents, Health Centre users and the emergency services would have been affected when the road was closed to accommodate the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay on Sunday, June 29.
Addressing this issue, cllr Ingram said: “This prompts me to request that consideration be given to the formation of an alternative access point which can better serve the needs of this portion of the community, who have a history of being inconvenienced on numerous occasions in the past due to this limitation.”
Cllr Ingram requested that consideration be given to reinstate the access point connecting Burnside Road with Nether Aden Road that existed during the 1970s.
Despite cllr Ingram’s pleas, Mr McKay said: “In terms of access for emergency services, there are numerous locations around the periphery of the site where emergency vehicles could gain access if required, e.g. along cycle/footways from Netheraden Rd or Mintlaw Academy.
“Transportation therefore do not consider the current arrangement to present particular safety concerns.”
He added: “I can therefore confirm that, at this time, we would not be in the position to promote the creation of a new access from Council funds.”