Opening up Peterhead to traffic once more marks regeneration

Chapel Street pic.
Chapel Street pic.

Last week councillors from the Buchan Area Committee threw their weight behind plans to reintroduce traffic to the centre of Peterhead.

The councillors gave the go ahead for an initial two-year trial which will see Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street opened to traffic.

The move comes after a survey of residents showed overwhelming support of overturning a decision to pedestrianise the town, made more than a decade ago.

Peterhead North and Rattray member Alan Gardiner said: “I’m delighted to see this coming forward as it is something I have been campaigning for since the elections.

“Having traffic back in the town centre will go a long way to helping with our ongoing regeneration strategy.”

While the committee was unanimous in backing the proposal, councillors debated how best to change bus routes in Peterhead to accommodate the new road layout as well as the introduction of parking.

Councillor for Peterhead South and Cruden Stephen Smith said: “I’m slightly disappointed there won’t be parking as part of this scheme - this was one of the reasons for opening the street in the first place.”

As the Buchan Observer reported last week, opening Chapel Street could cause congestion unless one of the road’s two bus stops was moved.

When this point was raised by the local authority’s roads chief Alan Burns some councillors backed a renewed study of the bus routes.

Cllr Gardiner said: “I think it would be good to look at the bus strategy.”

Mr Burns did however add it would be ‘wasteful’ to move bus stops from Chapel Street only to then think about changes to the bus network.