Council plans to reduce speed limit on South Street in Mintlaw
Plenty of twenty-somethings could soon be the rule on Mintlaw’s busiest road after villagers grew concerned over excessive speed by motorists putting children at risk.
A petition signed by 112 residents has been sent to Aberdeenshire Council asking for the speed limit to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.
Concerned parents and grandparents said they ‘really feared’ for the safety of their children and grandchildren as they walked down the busy village road.
Part of the A952 and is commonly used by drivers traveling between Buchan and Aberdeen.
It also leads to The Square and the village center roundabout, where motorists can branch off to Fraserburgh, Peterhead or New Pitsligo.
The road is also home to the popular Mintlaw Chipper and the Buchan Indoor Bowling Club.
Why do residents want to lower the speed limit?
Residents say traffic volume has increased “significantly” in recent years due to new housing developments and people commuting to town for work.
While South Street has a pelican crossing, locals insist drivers are often seen traveling ‘extremely fast’ regardless.
They even claimed that a car once ran a red light as a passing assistant was helping school children.
Residents believe people are afraid to cross the road because they “don’t feel like traffic will stop in time”.
A Mintlaw petition has been launched in an effort to tackle the ‘permanent problem’
The petition was reviewed by committee members from the Buchan area on Tuesday.
South Street resident Denis Scroggie attended the meeting to address councillors.
He said: “Sometimes the cars go down there at over 30 mph.
“It has come to my attention that sometimes they don’t even stop at the crossing when the lights are red.”
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Speeding on South Street in Mintlaw is a ‘real scare’
Councilor Anne Simpson said she was “very excited” that the petition had been submitted.
She said: “It’s really good to see that locals feel they can do something by trying to collect these signatures.
“This is one of the most common issues people in our rural communities bring to us.”
Ms Simpson added: ‘I hope the council can do something to allay people’s fears because this is a real fear.’
She asked for a meeting to be held with the police to ensure the speeding is dealt with.
The committee took note of the petition and asked council officers to review the matter and report back at a later date.
You can watch the discussion in the video below.
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