ABERDEENSHIRE Council has issued its revised plans for ‘Spaces for People’ in Stonehaven’s town centre.
Following engagement with councillors and key stakeholders, the scope of the proposed traffic restrictions initially proposed within Stonehaven has been reduced, which will see more on-street parking retained. The extent of the measures is now focused on where it is anticipated that queues may form or where there may be congestion.
The temporary measures will be introduced prior to the reopening of non-essential shops on June 29. They are aimed at providing the extra space required to allow for physical distancing – and the local authority says they will monitor and adjust the measures as needed.
In addition to the reallocation of parking spaces, a 20mph temporary speed limit will cover the town centre.
The parking directly outside the businesses on Beach Road will also be removed to allow the footway to be widened and a priority traffic system will be put in place for vehicles accessing parking. The existing two disabled parking spaces opposite the businesses will be displaced further south on Beach Road.
The measures along with others across the Shire are fully funded through Sustrans’ Spaces for People project.
Ewan Wallace, Head of Transportation at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The reopening of town centres is an important step as part of the transition from the ongoing lockdown. These temporary measures will support the reopening of the town centres by creating the additional space required to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained, particularly around areas where queues may form.
“These are difficult times for many and we recognise that many businesses will be struggling at the moment due to the lockdown. These measures are intended to encourage people back to our town centres by providing a safe environment for all.”