Another go at speed control in Hillside

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DIFFICULTIES over traffic calming in Main Road, Hillside, may be a significant step nearer resolution as a result of yesterday’s meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee.

Residents had complained about the difficulty of crossing the road at busy times because of the speed of traffic.

Angus Council was willing to help resolve the matter and produced a choice of alterations to the layout, signage, etc., for residents to consider and vote on.

Hillside, Dun and Logie Pert Community Council also considered the alternatives and a choice was made as to the preferred option.

Unfortunately, when Angus Council officials realised that this one would render impossible the delivery of heating oil to Park Cottages, it was literally a case of ‘back to the drawing board’.

The agenda for yesterday’s meeting described the new preferred option as follows: “ ... construct a new footway on the north side of the road and form new dropped kerb crossing facilities with associated tactile paving. This option also includes the construction of a raised ‘table’ within the vicinity of the junction of Main Road and Park Cottages, and the construction of additional ‘build-outs’ of the kerb line on both approaches to the new crossing point.”

Department director Eric S. Lowson commented: “It is recommended that a formal consultation should be carried out ... involving the consultees listed in Appendix B.”

There are 12 consultees: local ward members for the Montrose and district area; Hillside, Dun and Logie Pert Community Council; The Chief Constable of Tayside Police; The Firemaster of Tayside Fire Brigade; the regional officer for the Ambulance Services; director of neighbourhood services; director of education; Angus Access Panel; Forfarshire Society for the Blind; Stagecoach; Freight Transport Association Ltd., and the Road Haulage Association.

The consultation will be included on the Angus Council website, and consultation packs will be available at the Montrose Access office for comment. Questionnaires can be completed online, handed in to the Montrose Access Office, or posted to the Head of Roads, Angus Council, County Buildings, Market Street, Forfar, DD8 3WR.

Councillor David May, who has been heavily involved in the campaign commented: “This road is crossed by many pupils to get to school as well as to the park and in addition by many older residents as they cross to other housing as well as the Rosemount estate.”