New link road

A NEW road linking Portlethen’s Badentoy Industrial Estate to Schoolhill Road was backed by councillors last week.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee approved a delegated grant for the proposals, which will see a new link road leading from Badentoy Avenue north to Schoolhill Road. The plans were unanimously approved but Aberdeenshrie Council’s Infrastructure Services (Transportation) department imposed several condiions, including the upgrading of the existing public road to the north of the site and provision of traffic signals at the Findon roundabout.

The area where the road will be built is to the east of an intensive poultry farming unit, which has been subject to a recent - as yet undetermined - planning application for change of use of the site to residential use to build 55 dwellinghouses. The application is subject to legal agreements.

Portlethen Communiyu Council had objected to the plans for the new road on the grounds of the potential for traffic to use “inappropriate” rural roads, with a further suggestion that heavy goods vehicles should be discouraged from outwith the new road by a weight restriction.

Other concerns raised by objectors included noise increase, loss of privacy to local residents and the fact that the fields were supposed to be left as a buffer for the hamlet of Schoolhill.

Councillor Ian Mollison raised concerns about the potential for heavy traffic using the new road to access the Netherley and South Deeside roads. He added that he supported the principle of a link road, but wanted to see these issues addressed first.

Area Chair Paul Melling said: I feel that something like this is needed. As people who live there know, traffic can build up at the roundabout at Balquhain at peak periods. This would give us an alternative route out of Badentoy.” Councillor Alistair Bews echoed this, adding that the existing roundabout “can’t take anymore”.