Pub­lic urged to en­gage with con­sul­ta­tion to drive trans­for­ma­tion plan for town’s street

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY TAM­SIN GRAY

Opin­ions of res­i­dents and visi­tors to Banff will be col­lected to­day in an ef­fort to re­ju­ve­nate a run-down and flood-prone street.

A con­sul­ta­tion is be­ing un­der­taken by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil about pos­si­ble im­prove­ments to the town’s Bridge Street area.

The nar­row street, with tight pave­ments, is tricky for traf­fic to ne­go­ti­ate, af­fected by flood­ing and lined with run-down prop­er­ties.

Re­gen­er­a­tion plans for the town have so far not ex­tended to cover lower Banff but the sug­gested im­prove­ments for the pub­lic realm would change that.

They in­clude the pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of the street, al­ter­ing its lay­out and im­prov­ing the pedes­trian ex­pe­ri­ence with­out ag­gra­vat­ing the cur­rent re­cur­ring flood is­sues.

Chair­man of the Banff Devel­op­ment Part­ner­ship Glen Reynolds said: “I am de­lighted that what is be­ing con­sid­ered is the trans­for­ma­tion of Bridge Street to a pedes­trian zone that in­cor­po­rates the aims and ob­jec­tives of res­i­dents, lo­cal busi­nesses and trans­port needs.

“In essence, we need to make Bridge Street safe dur­ing the day and night for young and old, com­mer­cially fruit­ful, and be a driver in foot­fall to the sur­round­ing busi­nesses.

“As tax­pay­ers and as key stake­hold­ers, as the peo­ple that make Banff what it is and can be, I strongly urge all peo­ple to com­ment via the sur­vey or­gan­ised by the coun­cil.

“If we can over­come flood­ing con­straints to make this project fea­si­ble, I am op­ti­mistic that fund­ing will be at­tracted to sup­port such a needed devel­op­ment.”

An on­line ver­sion of the sur­vey along with doc­u­ments de­tail­ing the pos­si­ble changes can be found at www.sur­vey­mon­

A pub­lic drop-in ses­sion on the con­sul­ta­tion will be held to­day at the Smiddy on Old Mar­ket Place from 10am to 1pm.

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