Opinions of residents and visitors to Banff will be collected today in an effort to rejuvenate a run down and flood-prone street.
A consultation is being undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council about possible improvements to the town’s Bridge Street area.
The narrow street, with tight pavements is tricky for traffic to negotiate, affected by flooding and lined with run-down properties.
Regeneration plans for the town have so far not extended to cover lower Banff but the suggested improvements for the public realm would change that.
They include the pedestrianisation of the street, altering its layout and improving the pedestrian experience without aggravating the current recurring flood issues.
Chairman of the Banff Development Partnership Glen Reynolds said: “Personally, I am delighted that what is being considered is the transformation of Bridge Street to a pedestrianisation that incorporates the aims and objectives of residents, local businesses and transport needs.
“In essence, we need to make Bridge Street safe during the day and night for young and old, commercially fruitful, and be a driver in footfall to the surrounding businesses and roads.
“It is very exciting because what is being considered is now being offered up to the public for their views.
“As taxpayers and as key stakeholders, as the people that make Banff what it is and can be, I strongly urge all people to comment via the survey organised by the council.
“If we can overcome flooding constraints to make this project feasible, I am optimistic that funding will be attracted to support such a needed development.”
An online version of the survey along with documents detailing the possible changes can be found at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GL99Y5D.
A public drop-in session on the consultation will be held today at the Smiddy on Old Market Place from 10am to 1pm.