Traffic shake up agreed at Area Committee meeting

Peterhead's Maiden Street who have more parking and disabled bays under new road management plans
Peterhead's Maiden Street who have more parking and disabled bays under new road management plans

Aberdeenshire councillors have agreed proposals to overhaul Peterhead’s roads and routes as part of a traffic management review.

The local authority’s roads team have mapped out a host of measures to improve the flow and safety of the town’s traffic.

These include a one-way system being introduced outside Buchanhaven School on Hope Street as well as additional ‘At Any Time’ restrictions at the junctions with George Garden Avenue.

Erroll Street, Love Lane and Prince Street would also all get scope for short-term parking.

At the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday, February 25, SNP councillor for Peterhead South and Cruden Stuart Pratt asked for clarification on the proposed relaxation of all-day parking restrictions on Maiden Street.

No other objections were raised by the committee.

Bakery go-ahead

The committee also unanimously agreed to grant full planning permission for the construction of a new bakery in New Pitsligo.

Fraserburgh Development Trust recently bought the John Smith & Sons Bakery in the North East village and are set to relaunch it as a social enterprise.

All the councillors at the Arbuthnot House meeting agreed to green light the construction project.

SNP councillor for Central Buchan Lenny Pirie said: “I fully support this application and hopefully it can create new jobs and get jobs for young people as well.

Cllr Pirie’s ward colleague, Conservative councillor Edie Chapman, said: “I would totally agree.

“This will keep jobs in the area as well as enhancing the village.”

Turbine rejected

Plans to build a 100m wind turbine at Bonnykelly near New Pitsligo were rejected.

Aberdeen International Airport has already stated the turbine would create ‘unacceptable interference’ for their radar.

Despite a presentation to the contrary by the applicant, councillors agreed with the recommendation of the director of infrastructure services to reject the plans.