Shift in position for Ellon street lights

Work has started in Castle Road to move the street lights.
Work has started in Castle Road to move the street lights.

Work is under way to move street lights which had been positioned in the middle of a pavement in Ellon.

Local people were left puzzled a few weeks ago when the lighting posts were installed in the centre of the pathway following widening work in the town’s Castle Road.

I am sorry that this has incurred additional expense to the project, however it was essential that this error was corrected

Cllr Isobel Davidson Ellon and District

Fears were raised that the lights could pose a road safety risk to pupils making their way to the new Ellon Academy campus, which is due to open in August. Parents warned that the youngsters could be forced closer to the busy road.

Concern was also voiced about the potential hazard to wheelchair users and people with sight issues.

Intitially, Aberdeenshire Council maintained that due to water and gas mains underneath the pavement the lighting columns would have to remain.

But it was later confirmed a rethink was under way.

Council officials asked the contractor carrying out the academy project to assess whether the lights could be repositioned.

Work is currently taking place to move the columns.

Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson, who originally raised the safety issues, welcomed the development.

She said: “I am very pleased that the lights have been moved, after I highlighted the dangers of their position in the middle of the pavement.

“I am sorry that this has incurred additional expense to the project, however it was essential that this error was corrected.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “The contractor has started work to move the posts and this is scheduled to finish next week.

“A toucan crossing point is also being installed while the work is being carried out so as to avoid future delays at this location.”