Safety first as Asda road to get new path

A dangerous stretch of road near to a busy supermarket on the outskirts of Peterhead is set to be made safer with the introduction of a pavement.

Residents near to Asda on Longside Road have been complaining for years at the lack of paving at the supermarket side of the road.

Cllr Alan Gardiner and local resident Ian Guthrie are delighted that a pavement is to be created on both sides of the Longside Road at Asda.

Cllr Alan Gardiner and local resident Ian Guthrie are delighted that a pavement is to be created on both sides of the Longside Road at Asda.

The busy main thoroughfare has become even busier over the past few years with the addition of new housing schemes on both the Asda side and on land opposite the store.

Local resident Ian Guthrie has been campaigning for a pavement for the past seven years.

He told us: “I have been complaining to the council about the lack of pavement into West Road for a number of years now and I have been passed from council office to council office and then to the roads department.

“I got in touch with my local councillor, Alan Gardiner, in the hope that he would be able to get something done about this stretch of road.

“Mums with pushchairs are particularly vulnerable - they take the prams across the grass in the summer, but in the winter it’s impossible for them to manoeuvre the pushchairs and they are forced to detour through the Asda petrol station - another dangerous situation.”

After contacting the roads department, Cllr Gardiner has now received an assurance from Buchan’s principal roads manager, Angus Maciver, that work will be undertaken in the next financial year to address the safety problems. This will include the provision of a footway along the A950 at Asda on the south side, with the extension of the cycle way from West Road the roundabout to the existing cycleway at Richmondhill Road

“Included in part of that is the provision of a footway along the north side of the A950 at the front of Asda,” said Cllr Gardiner. “There will also be the provision of a turning lane at the junction of Richmond Avenue as well as repairs to the infrastructure along this road. Bids for the required finance will be made early in 2014 and they expect the work to be completed within the next financial year,” he said.

Commenting on the news, Mr Guthrie said: “I am delighted that its finally going to get done, but disappointed that it’s taken seven years to get this far.”

Cllr Gardiner added: “I’m delighted that the roads department has finally taken on board the concerns of the residents after more than seven years. Safety is our biggest priority and for those mothers crossing with prams it is a nightmare at the moment and extremely dangerous given the high volume of traffic.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen so I’m glad that work is to finally get underway.”