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Councillors put wheels in motion for traffic plans

Chapel Street may be reopened to traffic.

Chapel Street may be reopened to traffic.

Buchan area councillors approved preliminary works in plans to reopen Peterhead’s Chapel Street to traffic at a meeting last week.

The local authority’s Roads Manager, Alan Burns, presented a report to the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday.

Members authorised an investigation into the design work required to re-introduce traffic to Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street.

Despite an ammendment from cllrs Norman Smith and Tom Malone to also green light necessary changes to traffic orders, the committee voted to defer discussion of the orders until a later meeting.

Chairman cllr Stuart Pratt said: “I’m personally of the view we should do the investigation first. The other proposals should wait.”

In the report, Aberdeenshire Council’s planning chief Stephen Archer said: “It is envisaged that this may be achieved by the installation of footway edge bollards of similar design to those currently installed on Marischal Street.

“In order to re-introduce traffic to Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street it will be necessary to revoke and promote a number of traffic orders. It is recommended that the area committee approve the commencement of the statutory consultation procedures for these traffic orders, at this time, to minimise the timescale involved.”

Since traffic was banned from the town centre street and cobbles added as part of improvements back in 2001, Peterhead’s streets have been a subject of heated debate.

This latest move comes in the wake of the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns Report which was presnted to the committee last month.

In a survey carried out last year, 55% of respondents were in favour of re-opening Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street while only 27% opposed.

 

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