Councillors approve Mackenzie Crescent closure

Mackenzie Crescent, Peterhead
Mackenzie Crescent, Peterhead

Peterhead’s Mackenzie Crescent will close permanently to traffic following a landslip in 2012 which left the road at risk from further landslips.

Councillors attending the full Aberdeenshire Council on Thursday, April 30 agreed to approve the prohibition of driving order.

No matter how much we objected, they had already made their minds up.

A Mackenzie Crescent resident

A temporary traffic order has been in place since 2012 and the new permanent traffic order will create a cul-de-sac, allowing access to properties from either end of the road.

In reaching their decision, councillors considered a range of consultation responses from members of the public, as well as the duty on the council to manage and maintain a road network that is safe for those who use it.

Concerns had been expressed through the consultation about access to properties, difficulties regarding waste collections, the effect on property prices, winter maintenance, the width of the road, an increase in three point turning and the dangers of reversing vehicles.

Each comment was carefully considered by officers who set out their responses to the issues raised.

Speaking to the Buchanie, one Mackenzie Crescent resident who didn’t wish to be named said she was disappointed with the decision: “There is nothing wrong with the road, they could have turned it into a one-way street to help relieve the problem.”

She added: “No matter how much we objected, they had already made their minds up.”

Speaking at the council meeting, Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith said: “It’s clear residents still have concerns and rather than draw a line under the issue, which this report seeks to do, I would want the Roads Department to agree to keep the situation with the road under review and monitor the slope so that the door is left open for a solution to be found in the future.”

Since the landslip, geotechnical experts have examined the site and provided potential solutions.

Councillors agreed unanimously that a third recommendation be added to review the situation regularly.