No further action following road improvement petition

Councillors have agreed to take no further action with regards to a petition calling for improvements to be made to a north east road.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:57 am
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:57 am
The Garioch Area Committee had first discussed a petition regarding the B933 in February.

The Garioch Area Committee had first discussed a petition regarding the B933 from St Mary’s Place, Inverurie to Keithhall in February.

At that meeting councillors agreed to ask for a report by the Head of Roads, Waste and Landscape Services to address the specific matters raised in the petition.

The petition ‘The (neglected) state of the B933 from the Residents of Keithhall village’ received 17 signatures and asked Aberdeenshire Council to consider ten issues relating to the road.

It was started by Dr Dennis Wheatley who said the petition sets out the “lack of maintenance over last few years” of the B933 up to and just beyond Keithhall, and added the recent winter weather has “exacerbated” some of the problems.

He also stated that the issues raised “need action” and would not be expensive to sort adding that compared to other road maintenance costs this would be “trivial”.

The petition noted concerns including a lack of street signage, a missing white line by the cemetery, flooding by the railway bridge, speeding traffic and visibility around the Urie bridge.

The requested report was issued to the committee ahead of its meeting on Tuesday, April 20.

In the report Roads and Landscape Manager Brian Strachan addressed each point made in the petition.

He added that the road receives a monthly inspection and any defects would be picked up regularly and put forward for repair via a priority-based system.

Mr Strachan also noted that at this time there are three defects on the road outstanding in the system and will be “progressed accordingly”.

Commenting at the meeting councillor Marion Ewenson said the response was “good” and added: “There is a backlog.

"We just have to explain to people that we are a bit behind this year and they will start to see progress.

“Things like cutting back vegetation, there wasn’t much of that done last year so obviously it’s going to be a bigger job this year.”

The committee unanimously agreed to take no further action.