Hillside speeding - community council backs public choice

THERE is a clear favourite, as voted for by local residents, among the traffic-calming options that can be installed in Main Road, Hillside.

Hillside, Dun and Logie Pert Community Council met in Hillside Hall on Wednesday when chairman Mrs Kitty Ritchie revealed that 17 residents had opted in a poll at the Post Office for chicanes on either side of the Park Cottage junction, and only four favoured a priority system.

The 17 made various comments, including an additional need for flashing lights to slow traffic down, or a 20 mph sign painted on the roadway. There were concerns about resident parking, and one pointed out that the scheme did not help slow down vehicles on other parts of the road.

The four who favoured the priority method were concerned that under the other scheme an oil tanker would not have enough room to manoeuvre down their driveways, and there would be poor visibility.

During discussion, members expressed concern that the more popular scheme would be able to cope not only with 40-foot lorries, but larger ones that the EU had recently sanctioned.

Lorry drivers had been quizzed, and had replied that if the new layout proved difficult, they would simply choose another route.

Mrs Ritchie said that Angus Council’s computers could check the size of vehicles that could use any lay-out.

The preferred option would incorporate four soakaway road gulleys, new areas of footpath with dropped kerbs, ‘over-run’ areas at the chicanes, and a pedestrian barrier opposite Park Cottages.

The four soakaways would replace two existing gulleys.

There would be new signs advising motorists of the revised traffic layout.

One speaker alleged that he had seem a motorcyclist travelling at 70 mph in the 30 mph Main Road.

Another hoped that the plans would include a cure to flooding in an adjacent grassy area, which had suffered for 20 years.

One parent congratulated everyone involved on the speed with which action had been taken on the matter.

Another speaker said there was a problem with the road surface throughout, and it would soon start to disintegrate.

Angus councillor David May revealed that the roads department preferred the scheme that had proved less popular. It was similar to what had been installed in Traill Drive.

There was considerable support for the installation of a 20 mph speed limit on Main Road, with one person who responded at the Post Office stating that all that needed to be done was to create a 20 mph limit over the entire length of Main Road.

However, Councillor May added that a 20 mph limit is only granted in a housing estate, rather than on through roads.

Mrs Ritchie said a letter supporting the majority view would be sent to Craig Hudson of Angus Council as quickly as possible, while asking for assurances that oversize vehicles, such as combine harvesters and other monster contraptions used by farmers, could negotiate the layout.