Community taking action over road safety concerns

A community group formed last year in the wake of a road safety survey of Crathes, Drumoak and Durris had their first meeting last night.

The survey, carried out by the Crathes, Drumoak and Durris Community Council (CDDCC) from June to November 2015, highlighted a range of issues affecting the area. 91 per cent of all respondents noted excessive speeding as their primary concern, and 85 per cent of these noted that they would support a community roadwatch project and 73 per cent said that they would volunteer their time to it.

The report was presented at the CDDCC’s AGM in November, 2015. The outcome was to form a residents action group where they will take forward the issues identified from the survey, identify the key priorities, agree the appropriate action to take forward and to implement the action as a community action project.

The first meeting took place on Wednesday, January 27 at Kirkton Village Hall, Durris.

Maxine Smith, Vice Chair of the CDDCC, said: “Issues regarding road safety and in particular, excessive speeding, signage, busy roads and access to schools have received growing concerns in the area from many residents. We, at the Community Council are encouraged with the response to the survey and are fully supportive of our local residents in any action they decide to embark on to address some of these critical matters. However, any action remains dependent on key stakeholders in Aberdeenshire Council and Police Scotland”.