Concerns raised over Chapel Street traffic plan

Community councillor Stephen Calder has raised a number of concerns over plans to reintroduce traffic to the town's Chapel Street.
Community councillor Stephen Calder has raised a number of concerns over plans to reintroduce traffic to the town's Chapel Street.

Peterhead community councillor, Stephen Calder, has raised a number of concerns over the opening up of the town’s Chapel Street to general traffic.

Mr Calder told the recent meeting of the community council that many local residents had expressed concerns regarding the proposal.

He said the main worries were that with no additional parking, there was no benefit accruing to local shops and businesses by opening this road to general traffic.

He said there was also a possible road safety hazard, while the suggested trial period of two years was felt to be too long by many residents.

Consideration should also be given as to how successfully the proposed 20mph speed restriction would be enforced by police authorities.

Mr Calder told the meeting: “Many of the local residents are quite anxious about the recommended proposals, highlighting the danger to pedestrians, increased traffic noise, pollution and their reduced quality of life,” he said.

“With the near absence of police in the town centre late at night, it seems improbable that the 20mph limit can possibly be enforced, causing noise on the existing setts to the disturbance of residents especially late at night, weekends and at nightclub closing times.

Many residents remember back prior to 2001 when this street was previously open to general traffic and the disturbance and nuisance this caused, especially through the night

I would therefore suggest to the area Committee that they consider the potential negative impact of these proposals, and the possiblility of a maximum initial six month trial period, instead of the previously stated two year period.

He also called for consultation with Stagecoach buses regarding the continuation of bus services through Chapel Street.

And he suggested that regular monitoring should be carried out during the trial period to determine the effects on local residents and on pedestrians by means of surveys/customer satisfaction questionnaires

“There should be monitoring of the enforcement of the 20mph speed limi and a pedestrian crossing should be put in place,” he said.

He added: “In the event that these conditions cannot be met to the satisfaction of local residents and pedestrians, I would. propose rejection of these proposals.”