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Plans for safer routes to new Ellon Academy

There is a proposal for traffic lights with a pedestrian phase at the end of Hospital Road on to Station Road

There is a proposal for traffic lights with a pedestrian phase at the end of Hospital Road on to Station Road

Concerns over children’s safety accessing the new Ellon Academy were highlighted at a meeting with councillors and officials.

Proposals to reduce speed limits, instal new bus shelters, pelican crossings as well as traffic lights across the town were raised at the meeting held at Auchterellon School recently.

Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson attended the meeting.

Councillor Davidson said: “The proposal is to extend the 30mph speed limit to the current 40 and the 40 out to past the entrance to the new school. There will be a consultation exercise on the speed limits.

“There will be pelican crossings on Castle Road and Craigs Road - location to be finalised and there is a proposal for traffic lights with a pedestrian phase at the end of Hospital Road on to Station Road.

“People are clearly concerned about the distance - which is given as a maximum of 2.1 miles - for children to walk to school and the safety of the routes.

“However it was recognised that most of these routes are currently used by children walking to and from school. “I assured the parents that I would be contacting the bus companies to request that they put on a service to take children to and from the school.”

Ellon Community Council vice chair, Jim Hocking also attended the meeting.

Chairman, Sandy McDougall said that they welcome the plans for a new traffic light arrangement on the Hospital Road/Station Road junction, new pelican crossing on Castle road near Castle Street as well as new bus stops with central islands on South Road.

He said: “Although, we will continue to press for a pelican crossing in that area. The council will hold discussions with a commercial bus operator to examine whether a bus service from Auchterellon is feasible.”

Councillor Gillian Owen added: “Unfortunately I couldn’t make the meeting due to my current incapacity.

“But I hope this will be the first of many consultations that take place which includes children, parents and teachers alike as we have to get this right.”

 

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