Coun­cil probes traf­fic chaos

Park­ing: Com­plaints of fish fac­tory work­ers clog­ging res­i­den­tial streets

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - News - BY JAMIE ROSS

Com­plaints about fish fac­tory work­ers clog­ging res­i­den­tial streets with their cars are be­ing looked into by a coun­cil.

Bod­dam res­i­dents say more and more This­tle Seafoods em­ploy­ees are leav­ing their cars out­side homes rather than park­ing at the fac­tory.

The plant, which em­ploys about 450 peo­ple, re­quires work­ers to be at their sta­tions from as early as 6am.

It means that many drive to work rather than use pub­lic trans­port – but are un­able to find a space within the fa­cil­ity.

Bod­dam Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion wrote to the firm last week ask­ing bosses if some­thing could be done to take the strain off the roads.

And Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil has now stepped in to of­fer its help.

In a let­ter to as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Sam Coull, seen by the Press and Jour­nal, au­thor­ity feed­back of­fi­cer Aaron Scoular said the in­fra­struc­ture ser­vice would launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the prob­lems.

A spokes­woman for the coun­cil added: “We can con­firm that our in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices team are

“Throw­ing in ad­di­tional car park­ing space – wher­ever – won’t solve this”

aware of the con­cerns raised by Mr Coull and will re­spond in due course.”

This­tle Seafoods has said that ef­forts to pre­vent staff from tak­ing their cars to work have al­ready been de­ployed – in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing five buses to and from the fac­tory.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ryan Scat­terty stressed that pur­chas­ing more land for a new car park was not an op­tion at present.

“We pro­vide and pay for five bus runs for our em­ploy­ees which costs us over £80,000 per year,” he said.

“We have also been able to get two fur­ther pub­lic ser­vices put on through Stage­coach.

“We haven’t been able to pur­chase land to help al­le­vi­ate the sit­u­a­tion.

“Ev­ery­body would like to see less car us­age, but throw­ing in ad­di­tional car park­ing space – wher­ever – won’t solve this.”

NOSE TO TAIL: Park­ing is be­com­ing a prob­lem at Bod­dam near the This­tle Seafoods fac­tory

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