Proposals will make village a safer place

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ROAD safety for children and older people in Hillside is set to improve after the approval of traffic calming for the village’s main street.

The traffic calming measures considered by Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee last Tuesday were given the go-ahead.

The proposals for Main Road 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 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.

There were particular fears among parents that children were at risk while making their way to and from Rosemount Primary School.

Local councillor and infrastructure services convener David May this week said he is pleased the plan will be implemented although it was almost delayed in committee.

He said: “I was disappointed that the SNP councillors had proposed a delay on it because they felt there was more evidence for it needed. There was no reason for a delay. The important thing is to make the road safer for young and elderly people to cross.”