Conservative Councillors have expressed their delight at temporary 20mph speed limits being made permanent across Perth and Kinross.
Perth and Kinross Council’s Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee agreed to the move, which will see the speed measures at Dalginross, Rattray, Aberfeldy, Kinnesswood and Errol become a permanent measure.
Commenting, Councillor Roz McCall, who represents Strathearn, said: “I was delighted that the Environment and Infrastructure Committee agreed to continue with the 20mph road scheme in Dalginross. This is a very popular scheme with residents and I have been told many times that it gives pedestrians the confidence to get out and about and makes the area safer for children walking to school.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the drivers that abide by the new speed limits in the area for helping to keep our lovely village safe.”
And Councillor Bob Brawn, who represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward, said: “With the ending of the trial 20mph speed limit in Rattray around the primary school, I am pleased that it has been decided to adopt this reduced limit permanently in line with the wishes of the local community.
“Road safety is of paramount importance to us all, especially around schools, and that is reflected in the work that has been done by this Council administration, here and in other parts of Perth and Kinross.”
And Councillor Caroline Shiers, who also represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward, added: “It was good to hear that Perth and Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Committee agreed to make the 20mph trial outside Rattray Primary School a permanent measure.
“This has received support from many residents and ensures safe crossing at the school and park 24/7 for all pedestrians.”
Councillor John Duff, who represents the Highland Ward, commented: “The reduced speed limits and vehicle activated speed signs within Aberfeldy have been well received by residents and I welcome confirmation that the 20mph limit will be made permanent.
“Compliance with the lower speed limit makes our streets safer, especially for our younger and our more senior residents and I encourage everyone to remember – ‘When In Town, Slow Down’.”
Councillor Michael Barnacle, who represents the Kinross-shire ward, said he was pleased that the experimental 20mph in Kinnesswood will be made permanent along with related traffic calming measures.
Councillor Angus Forbes, who represents the Carse of Gowrie ward, said he was “delighted” that the 20mph speed limit in Errol will become permanent.
“I ran a survey with local residents and over 80% were in favour of keeping both the limit and the speed cushions, which were put in place as part of the trial,” he said.