Support for local path petition

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Seventy-one Braehead residents have signed a petition calling on Aberdeenshire Council to provide a safe pedestrian route from Braehead to Stonehaven town centre.

The petition has been organised by Rachel Shanks, a local Green Party Campaigner. Rachel is concerned that part of the current route into town is a narrow single track with passing places which is putting off residents from walking into Stonehaven, particularly children walking to school.

Ms Shanks said “The current route is dangerous as it means walking on Green Den Road itself. A new path is needed so people can walk into the town centre safely.”

Rachel has handed the petition to the local area office in Stonehaven and has already opened discussion with council officers to find a solution. She said: “There are several options to improve the route including reducing the speed on Green Den Road between the Braehead houses and the A957 to a 20mph limit. While in general 20mph zones are good at making people happier about walking and cycling, the best solution here would be a dedicated footpath. It’s clear that the Braehead residents want a safe route for children walking to school, for dog walkers and simply to make access to the Town Centre easier and safe. It’s good that Aberdeenshire Council are looking at the different options available.”