Adjustments to Mintlaw speeds

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Members of the Buchan Area committee have voted to introduce new speed restrictions in the North East village of Mintlaw, in line with a council report.

As the Buchanie reported last week, the move comes as the development of a new 600-house project begins.

The North Woods development will be accessed by two new junctions onto the A952 to the east and two new junctions onto the Balring Road to the north.

After much debate at last week’s committee meeting, councillors led by local ward member Jim Ingram voted to begin the process of introducing the local authority’s recommendations as well as extending the 30mph proposal along the A952 and the 40mph limit extended along the Balring Road.

Cllr Ingram said: “I regard this as a starter for 10.

“I have one or two suggestions but I agree basically with the report.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s roads chief Alan Burns, who sat at his last Buchan Area Committee before retiring, went into detail about the planning recommendations about when roads should be 30mph, 40mph or unrestricted, citing the presence of houses, paths and lighting.

Mr Burns added that a new roundabout due to be build as part of the development will act as ‘a natural speed calming measure.’

Cllr Ingram has also spoken this week about further traffic issues in the village.