Over­tak­ing driv­ers are thwart­ing safety mea­sures

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor Your read­ers who travel along Broich Road on school morn­ings may have no­ticed that the 20mph tem­po­rary speed limit tim­ing has been ex­tended re­cently to be­gin at 8.15am, rather than 8.35am.

This is to in­crease safety for those chil­dren, par­ents and staff who walk and cy­cle to school ear­lier than the ma­jor­ity of school at­ten­dees.

Broich Road, as far as I’m aware, is the first road in Perth and Kin­ross to have this mea­sure im­ple­mented, and I hope it can be ex­tended to other ar­eas where safety is a prom­i­nent is­sue.

Un­for­tu­nately, some driv­ers still at­tempt to over­take other mov­ing ve­hi­cles on this road. Those who are frus­trated by a 20mph speed limit should per­haps seek al­ter­na­tive roads to drive on, well away from school ar­eas.

On a com­pletely dif­fer­ent is­sue, the pro­posed branch clo­sure of Royal Bank of Scot­land in Com­rie is very dis­ap­point­ing for per­sonal and busi­ness cus­tomers in Strat­hearn.

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion last week with a re­gional of­fi­cer for Unite the Union, I men­tioned the po­ten­tial travel dif­fi­cul­ties the Com­rie branch clo­sure would mean for cus­tomers in the vil­lage, and es­pe­cially for cus­tomers in St Fil­lans, given that the Cri­eff branch closed in 2013.

The of­fi­cer I spoke to is meet­ing with Paul Wheel­house MSP, Scot­tish min­is­ter for busi­ness, this week to raise con­cerns with the govern­ment, and will use the ex­am­ple of the sit­u­a­tion fac­ing Com­rie and St Fil­lans res­i­dents to jus­tify the ar­gu­ment for try­ing to per­suade RBS not to close down any branch which is the “last bank in town”. Craig Fin­lay Cri­eff

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