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Peterhead residents call for speed bumps to be installed amid fears for children’s safety

Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Calder at Baylands Crescent.
Peterhead South and Cruden councillor Stephen Calder at Baylands Crescent.

Residents on a Peterhead street have united to call for speed bumps to be installed amid fears for their children’s safety.d fears for children’

People in the town’s Baylands Crescent are concerned about speeding motorists using the route and turning it into a “rat run”.

An online petition calling for the introduction of new road safety measures has been launched with the goal of securing 1,000 signatures.

The drive for improvements is being led by Beverly Moir, who cannot let her children play in the front garden of her home because of the traffic issues.

She said: “I would say it was boy racers who go up and down this street.

“We didn’t feel very safe and I won’t let my children play in the front garden.  It is like a rat run.

“We have Clerkhill Primary School on one side and Meethill school on the other.

“It is a residential area and lots of kids walk to and from the schools.”

Baylands Crescent is a 30mph zone and it connects South Road at one side with Clerkhill Place.

Last night, neighbours said they too backed calls to bring in the safety improvements.

Robert Bruce said he was “surprised” officials had not already set up a series of speed bumps.

He said: “There are kids here in this street and I am surprised that they council haven’t already done it.

“I think we could do with speed bumps as there quite a few older people living here.

“It would reduce the speeding and make this street safer.”

Isabelle Wilkie said: “Everybody is using this road instead of the others which have speed bumps.

“There are a lot of kids now and the cars tend to go quite fast.”

Kenneth Chisholm said: “They go too fast down here.

“I think anything that can improve safety can only be a good thing.

“It is shame because you never see kids playing on the street anymore.”

Lily Durno added: “Old folks, bairns and dogs have no chance here.  I think it would be good to have speed bumps.”

A police spokeswoman urged anyone with complaints about speeding motorists to contact the force.

She said: “Speeding and antisocial driving is a priority for police and we encourage anyone with concerns to report these to us on 101 with as much detail as possible – colour, make, model of vehicle.”

A council spokesman said the local authority was keen to hear suggestions from the neighbourhood for improving road safety.

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