Oldmeldrum survey deadline for residents

Meldrum Square traders are calling on local people to have their say about changes made to the town centre.

The group have already received more than 400 replies to their survey but are reminding people time is running out to have their views included in the final report to go to Aberdeenshire Council.

Jeff Goodhall, chair of the group organising the survey, said: “We are very pleased with the response so far and we are still being asked for forms.

“If anyone would like to have their say, and hasn’t already done so, they need to be quick.

“We have set a closing date of next Monday, May 7, for forms to be returned so that we can start to analyse them and record all the comments.

“We are keen to make sure that the council listens to the views of local people and the more returns we have, the stronger that voice will be.”

The survey has the usual format of ticking boxes and the results of these sections will be used to give a numerical breakdown of people’s impressions of the changes that have taken place.

However, there are also a number of spaces on the form for people to record their views and to offer their ideas for things that they would like to see happening in the town.

All comments on the forms will be included in the main report so that everyone’s ideas and suggestions are recorded.

Traders say a quick analysis of the results that have been received so far i suggests that fewer people are driving into Oldmeldrum and that more people are using the bypass.

The replies suggest there is also evidence that fewer people are shopping in the town, or using local services because of the problems caused by the changes in the road system.

The majority of people feel that the measures taken to slow down the traffic have caused confusion and that road safety has been reduced, but there are a wealth of realistic suggestions about how things can be improved.

Pat Robins, who is responsible for analysing the results, said: “One of the criticisms that has been levelled at the survey is that it will only be filled in by people who want to complain.

“In fact, we have already had a number of positive responses, although they are in a minority, especially in relation to the traffic system.

“We want to emphasise that we need to hear from as many people as possible who live or work in Oldmeldrum, or visit the town for shopping or other reasons.

“This is the only way that we can be sure that the information we give to the council is a real reflection of local opinion that can’t be ignored.

“If you haven’t already got one, please get a form, fill it in, and get it back to us by next Monday.”

Survey forms can be obtained from, and returned to, Oldmeldrum shops and other local venues displaying the survey sign.

They can also be obtained via email from wgoodhall@gmail.com