PLANS were unveiled this week for an £8.5 million park and ride facility near Portlethen.
The facility, which would be publicly funded, would be situated beside the Schoolhill junction on the A90 trunk road, and would consist of parking spaces for 1000 cars, as well as the possibility of a lorry park for 25 heavy goods vehicles.
The facility would include a 50-seat waiting room, toilets, CCTV, a recycling area and bus priority lanes.
The plans were on display on Tuesday evening at Portlethen Academy as part of a public consultation, and the project’s designers gave a presentation to the Portlethen and District community council.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Transportation Manager, Peter MacCallum, said that studies had identified a need for the facility, and it could help ease congestion and parking problems in the city. The plans, which cover an area of 5.5 hectares, are classed as major development.
Several members of the public raised some concerns at the meeting. Two members of the public who live near to the proposed site said that they were worried about an increase in traffic flow near their homes.
Others asked how the site could be protected from unathorised access by travellers, but the designers said that this was taken into account in the layout and esign of the site, They said that a narrow road, gates and height resitriction barriers would ensure protection from unauthorised access.
Labour candidate for the area, Greg Williams, told the meeting that he felt that, while an £8.5 million development in Portlethen is one of the biggest infrastructure investments that the town has received, he did not see how it would benefit the people of Portlethen. This sentiment was echoed by others, who felt that the public money could be better spent in other ways.
The project is currently undergoing a consultation process before a formal planning application can be made. Mr MacCallum said that the earliest the project could be completed was in three years time.