Council gets go ahead for “wheely-good” plans

Peterhead could be transformed into a cycling demonstration town after ambitious plans by Aberdeenshire Council were given the go-ahead last week.

Councillors attended their Buchan Area Committee meeting last week where a master plan went before them to seek their approval.

After questioning the need for the upgrades to footpaths councillors finally agreed for the plan to get the go-ahead bearing in mind the current council policies and budgets.

The plan gives details on the upgrading and extension of the Formartine and Buchan Way in Peterhead and to light existing footpaths at Buchanhaven and Peterhead Bay. Cycle racks and stands will also be installed throughout the town.

The concept behind the plan is to create a series of cycling demonstration towns to deliver on commitments within the adopted Local Transport Strategy.

Through a range of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ interventions, cycling within these towns could be made a more attractive option for residents.

An assessment of towns in Aberdeenshire has been undertaken which identified Peterhead as the most suitable town for a pilot project.