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Forres police focus on parking and speeding issues


By Garry McCartney

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Pilmuir Road, Forres...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Pilmuir Road, Forres...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

POLICE have promised to monitor anti-social driving issues around the town following complaints passed on by councillors.

Forres Community Council members Frank Byrne and Fiona Graham, and Councillor Claire Feaver discussed speeding and parking problems, particularly in the Pilmuir area, at February's meeting of the watchdog group in the Tolbooth.

Mr Byrne said: "I've asked the police to monitor complaints of boy racers going up and down Pilmuir Road."

Ms Graham replied: "We hear them every weekend at Califer and from over at the A96 next to us."

Cllr Feaver also passed on complaints from members of the public about indiscriminate parking around Pilmuir Primary School.

She said: "Drop-offs have become a real issue. People are parking on double yellows and even the zig-zag crossing there."

Sergeant Stephen Carmichael from the Forres Community Policing team, confirmed his colleagues have been made aware of anti-social behaviour and irresponsible driving around schools in the area.

He said: "Work is ongoing to address this.

"Officers have been conducting plain-clothed patrols and engaging with youths to help reduce the number of incidents of this nature.

"The local Road Policing unit have also been checking vehicles. This has seen one driver reported for using an exhaust with excessive noise and a further two drivers for speeding."

He added: "We are also collaborating with a number of schools to address concerns around inconsiderate driving and parking, for example conducting joint patrols with pupils, raising awareness and educating those road users who need it."


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