Councillors vote to shut Mackenzie Crescent

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Buchan councillors unanimously agreed the closure of a Peterhead street at an Aberdeenshire Council meeting earlier today.

Members of the Buchan Area Committee had looked set to impose a traffic ban at Mackenzie Crescent following a meeting of the full council late last year.

Aberdeenshire Council may move to close Mackenzie Crescent.

Aberdeenshire Council may move to close Mackenzie Crescent.

Now residents are are gearing up to object to the latest decision.

At the meeting, committee chairman cllr Stuart Pratt said: “I don’t think there is anything we can do other than accept.

“It is the will of the full council.

“I certainly hope residents do put objections in.

“I don’t think it was the right decision that was reached by the full council.”

SNP cllr Stephen Smith - who spoke to the Buchanie before the meeting and said he hoped this decision would allow a window for residents to object - said at committee: “I appreciate this is just about the vehicular traffic order, nothing more, nothing less.

“The wider issues with the slope and the people who live at Mackenzie Crescent are not for this report.”

Cllr Smith said he hoped the committee would be as helpful as possible to residents - many of whom are now struggling to get home insurance.

He added that ‘there is a role for the council in the situation.’

Cllr Smith will now be encouraging residents of the street to raise their objections to allow the committee to discuss the matter later in the year.

Cllr Tom Malone said: “I wholeheartedly support cllr Smith.

“There is little option but to accept the recommendation.

“I now expect residents will take advantage of the 28 day period in which they can raise objections.”

It is now almost certain the residents of Mackenzie Crescent will lodge their objections to this latest ruling.

The Buchanie spoke to one couple who said they were disappointed by what had been agreed.

Betty Duncan said: “It’s a ridiculous decision and it’s the residents who are suffering.”

Her husband, James Duncan, added: “Why should we have to put in objections? They (the councillors) represent us - they should object.

“Why should we do their job for them?

“The councillors wouldn’t like it outside their doors.”

The views of the Duncan family were shared by a neighbour.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “What they forget is they are elected.

“People here are not going to vote for anyone daft enough to vote in favour of this.”