Council fight for better markings

Mearns Community Council will not give up the fight for better and clearer road markings at the notorious A90/A937 junction at Laurencekirk.

With the prospect of grade-separation at the junction seeming to be as far away as ever, the council take the view that clearer markings, allied to more responsible driving by those using the junction would make it considerably safer.

At last week’s meeting of the council, Marykirk members Chris Rushbridge and Marjorie Stewart reported that when they were on their way to the meeting, another car joined them in the central reservation and sat on the area marked as give-way for vehicles turning right off the A90.

The council members got no encouragement from the police officer present. Their detailing to her of this and other instances of bad driving at the junction just as moving off in the outside lane was met with the response “it is not illegal.”

A letter was received from BEAR Scotland on the subject of markings, but the writer’s convoluted attempt to explain their policy was described as “contradictory” by Mr Rushbridge.

Earlier the police officer reported a car a vandalism in Marykirk and five youths apprehended for minor drugs offences in Denlethen Woods.

The council received notice of the Forestry Commission’s plans for Forest Design Plans for the Denlethen and Inglismaldie forests.

The Commission said they were looking for a balance between the economic viability of the timber resouces and the environmental and ecological improvement of the land they manage.

The community council suggested that the Friends of Denlethen would be the appropriate body to respond to the plan.

Andrew Hayes, Fettercairn asked if Aberdeenshire Council is responsible for the maintenance of the flood prevention area recently created.

He said the path was being used quite a bit and Councillor Dave Stewart said he would find out where the responsibility for maintenance lay.

Chairman Jim Stuart said a visitor from Canada was appalled at the state of the Laurencekirk cemetery.

“The cemetery is a sensitive area for Laurencekirk, surely we can get it better maintained.”

Councillor Stewart said there was a meeting of the Ward 19 councillors the following day and he expected the cemetery to be on the agenda.

Mr Stuart said that water regularly floods over the pavements in Laurencekirk because the gullies which used to take water across them and into the gutter have been put underground.

“There is no means of cleaning these gullies. If the cleaning is the responsibility of the householder, then they will have to be put back the way they were.

“It is basic houskeeping, but there is no way of doing it.”

Mr Stuart wants the reinstatement of the previous council planning policy which said there should be no overhead wires in Laurencekirk.

“The policy is no longer in place and overhead wires are appearing all over the place.”

Councillor Stewart will take the matter up and see if there is any prospect of the former policy being reinstated.

Hilda Kerr asked why landscape services are not responsible for cutting the grass and strimming the trees at the Laurencekirk recycling centre. Again Councillor Stewart promised to make enquiries and find out who is responsible.

Mrs Kerr complained about the lack of a tennis net at the Laurencekirk tennis courts, but Mr Stuart explained that the net had been taken down.

He said the court is mainly used for football training and there was little demand for tennis.