Town centre streets could open to traffic

Chapel Street.
Chapel Street.
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Buchan councillors are to look at reintroducing traffic to Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street in Peterhead.

Members of the Buchan area committee will discuss the proposal when they meet in Peterhead on Tuesday.

Chapel Street may be reopened to traffic.

Chapel Street may be reopened to traffic.

The introduction of cobbles and the prohibition of traffic to the town centre streets has been the subject of much debate since it was introduced as part of town centre improvemetns 
back in 2001.

Following the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns Report, presented to theBuchan Area Committee last month, and a request from the Peterhead Future Developments Group it is proposed to investigate the re-introduction of general traffic to Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street, in a one waydirection, from Queen Street through to Broad Street.

A residents survey carried out by IBP Strategy & Research in June 2013, on behalf of the Buchan Community Planning Group, indicated that 55% of respondents were in favour of re-opening Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street through to Broad Street, while 27% were against the proposal.

The current layout of these streets was designed as a pedestrianised zone. As a result it will be necessary to provide a physical separation between pedestrians and vehicular traffic to prevent incursion onto the footway areas by vehicular traffic.

In a report to go before Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief, Stephen Archer, says: “It is envisaged that this may be achieved by the installation of footway edge bollards of similar design to those currently installed on Marischal Street.

“In order to re-introduce traffic to Chapel Street and part of Marischal Street it will be necessary to revoke and promote a number of traffic orders. It is recommended that the area committee approve the commencement of the statutory consultation procedures for these traffic orders, at this time, to minimise the timescale involved.”

Members will hear that it is proposed to undertake a four-week statutory consultation with interested parties such as the Motoring Organisations, Road Haulage Association and others.

This would be followed by a 21-day public consultation with site notices erected at the affected locations and giving anyone who wishes to object to the revocation of existing and the promotion of new traffic orders the opportunity to do so.