Councillor meets with new Inspector

Councillor Gillian Owen
Councillor Gillian Owen

Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen met up with the new Ellon Inspector, Graeme Penny, at Ellon Police Station this week.

The meeting was held to discuss ongoing issues in the local area.

Speaking afterwards, cllr Owen said: “Currently the main concern locally are crimes of opportunity, criminals on spec check front doors to see if they can get into a house to steal anything they can lay their hands on.

“The advice the Inspector gave was that this could easily be remedied by making sure we all lock and secure our property at all times, including vehicles.

“Speeding traffic is a constant concern particularly in built up areas of Ellon and a number of our villages, particularly Ythanbank and Newburgh.

“I have asked the Inspector to add a number of roads to his list for the ‘famous’ flashing speed signs to be installed so that it can be a reminder to us all to observe the speed limits.

“So take care over the next few months as you never know where it might turn up next.

“I raised my concerns about the A948 with the new Inspector and I am arranging a meeting which includes the Council, Police, local residents and myself to see if there are more measures that can be put in place to encourage drivers to keep within the speed limit.

“The A90 between Tipperty and Balmedie is currently being upgraded, as part of the AWPR and a new speed limit of 40 mph has been introduced for utility works for a short section from Tipperty to the Newburgh turn off.

“A number of motorists have been ignoring the 50 mph limit, but I would urge drivers to be aware of the new limit and understand that there are workers and they must not put their lives at risk by driving too fast.”

Cllr Owen added: “We both have continued concerns regarding school traffic and parking.

“I make a pleas to all parents to ensure that if they take a car to drop or pick up children, that they take notice of the road markings as they are there for a purpose it is important that when dropping/picking up our children that we do it safely and not to put anyone else in danger.”

Cllr Owen concluded: “We are very lucky to live in a community with such a small level of crime which is so re-assuring.

“Just a reminder if you have any issues in and around Ellon, you can contact the Police by calling 101 or emailing EllonDistrictCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.”