Spate of in­ci­dents spark safety fears

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors have called for a traf­fic assess­ment to be car­ried out in Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray fol­low­ing a spate of in­ci­dents in the town in re­cent months. The move came to light at the most re­cent meet­ing of Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, held in Rat­tray on Thurs­day last week.

The is­sue of road safety was raised by sev­eral mem­bers of the public at the meet­ing who voiced con­cerns about speed­ing ve­hi­cles in dif­fer­ent parts of the town.

Con­cerns about the in­crease in traf­fic due to the sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of pro­posed housing de­vel­op­ments in the town were also raised.

One mem­ber of the public com­mented: “Cars are trav­el­ling much too fast along Elm Drive by the com­mu­nity cam­pus, it’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

“The sig­nage along there is al­most non-ex­is­tent and could be re-done if noth­ing else. A dig­i­tal sign high­light­ing ve­hi­cles’ speed would prob­a­bly slow peo­ple down.”

And an­other mem­ber of the public added: “I live on Rat­tray High Street and when I learned of the plan to de­velop 217 houses in Rat­tray I was con­cerned how the peo­ple who re­side there are going to get safely down in to Blair­gowrie. Look at how dif­fi­cult it is to nav­i­gate the junc­tion of Bal­moral Road and the High Street or by the chip shop.

“The in­fra­struc­ture in this whole town was not built for mod­ern ve­hi­cles.

“Speed­ing ve­hi­cles go through Rat­tray High Street ev­ery night of the week and at the week­ends, I hear the cars race past my house. There was an ac­ci­dent on the other side of the road re­cently which wasn’t even re­ported. The one be­fore that was by Fore­bank Road - if any­one had been walk­ing on the pave­ment when that hap­pened they would have been killed - but I don’t see any­thing be­ing done about it.”

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for the Blair­gowrie and Glens ward, Caro­line Shiers, said that she met with roads of­fi­cers at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil on Mon­day of this week and had asked for a traf­fic assess­ment to be car­ried out.

She said: “We have com­piled an up-to­date list of all of the var­i­ous out­stand­ing road safety, parking and roads is­sues in and around the town. I am very con­scious of the is­sues which are out­stand­ing and re­quire to be ad­dressed and for timescales to be laid down.

“High up on the list is hav­ing ve­hi­cle-ac­ti­vated sig­nage and var­i­ous pedes­trian im­prove­ments in the Wellmeadow, and ad­dress­ing parking is­sues around the cam­pus and Rat­tray Pri­mary School.

“I also out­lined my con­cerns to coun­cil of­fi­cers about the knock-on ef­fect of in­creased traf­fic at the housing de­vel­op­ment at Gle­nal­mond Road in Rat­tray. I will re­port back to the com­mu­nity coun­cil at their Oc­to­ber meet­ing.”

Blair­gowrie-based Po­lice Scot­land In­spec­tor Gor­don Thom­son said: “We have ded­i­cated pa­trols to deal with speed­ing ve­hi­cles and road traf­fic is­sues are al­ways high on the agenda.

“Po­lice Scot­land does not have the re­sources to be ev­ery­where and it is a mat­ter of ed­u­cat­ing the public about the dan­gers of speed­ing but where we get the heads-up on ar­eas of con­cern - such as Elm Drive for ex­am­ple - we’re do­ing what we can and giv­ing at­ten­tion to it.

“The is­sues in Rat­tray are more dif­fi­cult to address as we could cause an ob­struc­tion on the road but we will see what can be done.”

Con­cern Cllr Shiers

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