Portlethen safety appeal to Secretary of State

A90 Junction
A90 Junction

Concerns are growing within the Portlethen community about infrastructure shortfalls, particularly as a new town at Elsick looms.

More than 30 people attended a meeting in Portlethen Academy on Monday night, and there was disquiet over a range of issues, including possible changes to traffic in the A90 area following a closure of the Bourtreebush junction, traffic lights at Badentoy roundabout, and the effect that the development of Chapelton of Elsick will have on the existing population.

Portlethen and District community council have written to the Secretary of State for Scotland, and raised an appeal asking for plans to build a grade separated junction - to replace the dangerous Bourtreebush A90 junction - to be brought forward. The developers of Elsick have committed to funding this, but only once 1,744 homes have been built - roughly five years away.

The community council want the Scottish government to lend the developers the money in the meantime, so that there will be no further delay.

Community council chairman Ron Sharp said that around 80% of those at Monday night’s meeting supported the appeal. Community councillor Paul Melling said: “Hopefully we will be able to find a solution that will save lives.”

Concerns were also raised about the volume of traffic taking the slip road off the A90 into Badentoy. Badentoy Industrial Estate currently has just one entrance and exit point, and Mr Melling said that he had been looking into the possibility of a link road between Badentoy and Hillside, but had been told there was no funding at present.