Villagers call for crackdown on speedsters
FRESH calls have been made for safety provision on a Kinloss Road.
At the last meeting of the community council, a former chairman said that it was “only a matter of time” before someone was knocked down on the Findhorn Road at the edge of Kinloss village.
Rick Walker from Kinloss said that people who live near the church, near Glebe Crescent and Manse Road feel that something positive has to be done about traffic calming in the village.
“This has been brought up before and surveys have been conducted,” he said, “There has been feedback, but there hasn’t been any action.”
Mr Walker said the issue of traffic speeding coming into and going out of the village had been going on for long enough, and he had been prompted to raise the issue after the dog of a local family was run over by a passing car.
He said that people were frightened that it could be a child next and called on the community council to write to Moray Council and insist that officers take the issue seriously to prevent an accident from happening.
“People in Kinloss don’t want any more surveys,” he said. “And they don’t want any more signs, they want this issue to be addressed properly.”
His views were shared by local community councillor Tom Brown who lives nearby and has long campaigned for traffic to slow down.
“Traffic just speeds along the road,” he said.”Something needs to be done.”
Mr Walker said it is not realistic to expect that traffic police would be able to properly monitor the road, in which case there should be some sort of raised obstruction to slow vehicles down.
He suggested a raised obstruction such as the one in Auldearn where they had experienced a similar problem and raised a stretch of road to slow traffic, which had the desired effect.
“I suggest something similar put in place twenty metres down from Glebe Crescent, from opposite the church towards Findhorn - that would mean that traffic can’t speed out of the village,” he said.
He claims that because there was nothing stopping them, that when motorists see the straight bit of road towards Findhorn they took it as an open invitation to put their foot down.
“Some drivers do this and it happens in both directions,” he said. “There are signs both ways but they don’t serve any purpose.”He said that a raised barrier would stop the cars from speeding and putting it in place could have the added benefit of malomg a safe crossing point, where children cross the road to go to school because the pavement stops on that side and they have nowhere to walk.
“Cars would slow down if there was something there,” he said. “I would like to point out that at Mosstodloch they have raaised areas to deal with a similar situation.”“So has Lossiemouth. So why can’t we have it raised here before there is an accident in Kinloss village.”
“Let’s get this sorted because sooner or later someone will be killed.”
Mike Thomson who lives at Manse Road, woudl also like to see something done urgently.
He first raised the issue when he was a community councillor back in 2007 and a survey was carried out then to assess the speed of traffic entering or leaving the village.
“The trouble was that the survey was carried out when roadworks were being carried out and traffic lights were put in place, which meant the traffic was slowing,” he said. “Police agreed to leave the camera there for another fortnight, but then when I asked for the datea they said it had been lost.”
“The trouble is that the thirty mile an hour sign is in the same place as it was when the church was the building in the village,” he said. “Since then there have been a lot of new houses, and there are more planned in the village opposite the church and still no-one is talking about introducing a 40 mile an hour sign - as it is it goes straight from 30mph to 60mph, going out of the village.”
Mr Thomson had also raised the issue with the previous Moray District Council more than 20 years ago circa 1985. He claims the increase in traffic from new housing developments and tourism has increased the potential for an accident.
“In 1985 the council told me that the 30 mile an hour zones should have been placed further out of the village,” he said. “They were put there when the first building on the way out of Findhorn Road from Kinloss was the church. Since then, more houses have been built, and there are more planned. what’s going to happen then.”
Mr Walker who lives opposite the stretch of road in question, was chairman at the time and said there was a definite problem. He claimed to have witnessed vehicles and motorbikes accelerating on the way out of Kinloss at an alarming rate.
Mr Thomson said that he was very disappointed that the community council haven’t pursued the issue more vigorously.
“Whenever Findhorn call for anything to be done in terms of road traffic signs it is actioned,” he said. “The trouble is that kinloss is forgotten about. We are just the road out of Findhorn.”He claims most of the speeding traffic is local cars, and said that he has taken number plates in the past and knows this to be true.
“There are problems with the other roads out of Kinloss,” he said, “The one out to Burghead needs to have the signs changed as well.”
He said that the road leading onto he A96 past Burnside and the level crossing has also been flagged up as dangerous by residents in the past.
Mr Thomson said he was disappointed that the community council hadn’t been able to do something before, but said he thought they were ineffective as regards to getting the council to act.
On a related matter, he has recently arranged for the pavement which runs behind Glebe Road as far as the church to be upgraded, to try and improve safety for pedestrians. He had written to the community council but was told that it didn’t require to be resurfaced. Where the pavement ends is where local children cross the road, and is at the point where Mr Walker would like to see traffic calming, with no likelihood that the pavement will be extended.
“The path originally had a non-existent kerb (1 – 2 mms) and the surface was broken up where various cable-laying had taken place during the last 20 or so years,” said Mr Thomson. “As a result of the non-effective kerb, the footpath flooded during heavy rain and this iced over in the winter months.”
He contacted Moray Council’s roads department himself, who agreed to review the footpath and said that it was a non-effective kerb and would become a Priority 1 for repair.
“The residents of Kinloss were very pleased that the work to repair the footpath was being carried out,” he said. “Staff were very friendly and happy to explain to passers-by exactly the nature of what they were doing.”“So a good show for Moray Council.”
Meanwhile current community council chairman Les Morgan said he has contacted the council with regards to the safety issue which was brought to the table at the last meeting.