Stop Traffic Calming Measures on Burn Place, Dingwall

Stop Traffic Calming Measures on Burn Place, Dingwall

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Stuart Thain started this petition to HIGHLAND COUNCIL and

The Highland Council has proposed the removal of the traffic island outside the police station in Burn Place and replacing it with two sets of speed bumps, directly outside the front door of a residential property (Fasnakyle), who's owners have lived there for over 40 years.

The access to properties on this street are key as there is seldom anywhere else to park, and placing speed bumps outside this property will make access to this property difficult and hazardous, removing any available ability to park outside the property.

Burn Place is also a main 'through road', where emergency vehicles pass through numerous times on a daily basis, as well as police vehicles from the junction of Seaforth Gardens.

Concerns have also been raised by the wider resident group that, as an already busy road with high CO2 emissions, there is reliable evidence to suggest that traffic calming measures, specifically speed bumps, increase emissions by 90% compared to smooth roads with no traffic calming measures, making this an environmental issue, especially at a time when the Scottish Government has policies committing to climate change and reducing transport emissions.

Burn Place has been badly flooded on numerous occasions, prompting residents to move from their houses for periods of time while their houses are repaired (most recently on 10th July 2019) and each time, the Highland Council has attributed the flash flooding to climate change and not to a drainage issue, raising questions as to why they are seemingly intent on increasing emissions to an already 'at-risk' area.

The houses on this road are also very old, with ageing foundations and stone-work that are already reacting badly to the heavy traffic, specifically lorries and tractors, and we are concerned that vehicles bouncing over the speed bumps will impact this further, making it hard for us to get our buildings insured (we already struggle with insurance due to the flood issues)

Questions have been raised with the Highland Council by many parties, asking for consideration as to whether there is a need for any measures at all, as this road has seldom seen accidents (the only ones reported seem to be people pulling out of the Seaforth Gardens junction too early), so it seems there have been no previous issues raised when it comes to road safety. Otherwise, as residents of this street, we would prefer more appropriate measures better suited to helping the environment such as 'Speed Cameras' or 'better signage' - both by and on the road.

To gain momentum and support on behalf of the residents of Burn Place, if you agree with our concerns, we would appreciate you signing our petition. Objections are also being invited directly to the Highland Council to Lisa.Mackellaich@highland.gov.uk

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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