Green-light for traffic calming

TRAFFIC calming measures to cut speeding and improve pedestrian safety in Hillside were this week set for approval from Angus councillors.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday, members of the authority’s infrastructure services committee were set to consider the proposals for Main Road in the village as well as comments made during recent public consultation.

The plan is to improve crossing facilities for school children and elderly residents between Park Cottages and the footpath to Inverarity Crescent.

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

Proposals put forward include constructing a new footway on the north side of the road and form new dropped kerb crossings with associated tactile paving.

This also includes the construction of a raised “table” near 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.

The consultation document was circulated to around 85 homes in the surrounding area as well as posted on Angus Council’s website.

Infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said: “The number of responses to the consultation was relatively modest, however, a small majority of returned questionnaires expressed a desire for the proposals to proceed.

“Nineteen completed responses were received from individuals by the closing date of February 3. Of these responses 10 agreed, eight disagreed and one neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposed traffic calming measures.

“On balance, and recognising that views received have been quite mixed both in favour and against the proposals, it is recommended that the committee agrees to the installation of the traffic calming measures as proposed.”

Local councillor and infrastructure services convener David May also said he would be calling on committee members to back the proposals.

He said: “The issue of speeding on Main Road Hillside was raised with me by many parents whose youngsters crossed the road to get to the school as well as to the park. I also had contact from some elderly residents who expressed their concern about the speed of traffic and as a consequence I organised site meetings and discussions with the roads officer and local residents as well as representatives of the Hillside and Dun Community Council.

“Thanks are due to not only the community council for the role they have played in these discussions, but also to Gill Davies of Hillside Post office for enabling the plans to be shown in the post office.

“I hope the committee will approve the plans as the £22,500 programme of traffic calming works will mean an enhanced crossing facility which will make a difference to both youngsters as well as the elderly in crossing Main Road Hillside.”