A petition to create a pedestrian crossing on a busy street in Stonehaven town centre has attracted hundreds of signatures.
Stonehaven community council is behind the petition, which asks for a corssing to be installed on Evan Street between Boots the Chemist on one side and the Co-op on the other.
Community council Vice-chair Phil Mills-Bishop told the Leader: “We were approached by several residents and visitors to the town who were keen to see a crossing installed there. It can be difficult to get across, especially for older people and parents with small children and prams.
“Records say that there have been 20 near misses there since 2006, but we are gathering more evidence to prove that there is a need for it. The petition has been well received and we have gathered hundreds of signatures.”
The installation of a crossing would mean the removal of at least one parking spcae from each side of the road, and Mr Mills-Bishop conceded that some businesses are worried about losing on-street parking in the busy town centre.
He said: “Some businesses have objected to the idea, but others have been supportive.
“We need to start a discussion about what type of crossing we would need”.
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “We welcome any work by local communities to develop proposals that seek to increase attractiveness of our town centres.
“We look forward to hearing the views of local residents and businesses on the proposal and will be happy to advise on the technical and legal issues associated with the justification for and provision of zebra crossings.
“As with all infrastructure works on our transport network there are often competing priorities that will impact on how projects are funded.”
The petition will be discussed at the next meeting of the Stonehaven and District community council at the Invercarron Resource Centre on Tuesday September 13 at 7.30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend.
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