The Spaces for People scheme in Turriff has been reviewed and will be updated on Wednesday.
Spaces for People is a Government-funded program of closures and restrictions which can be put in place to allow for social distancing in retail areas of our towns. With the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, more shops, pubs and restaurants opening along with schools returning on Monday it was clear that the scheme in Turriff needed to be reviewed.
Members of Turriff Business Association have been unhappy about the scheme since it was first implemented and there have been a number of meetings between the Business Association, Councillors, Council Officers and the Community Council.
At a meeting on Monday afternoon, an agreement was reached that would see the one system altered and extended, which will remove some of the street clutter and minimise any potential for collisions at Coo Corner.
The new layout will see the one-way system extended along High St to the entrance to the High St car park. At The Square, the start of the one-way system has been moved to start at Manse Road and Mitchell’s Lane, this will allow cars to exit the car parks and Manse Road towards the A947 rather than needing to follow the one-way system down to Coo Corner.
Moving the start of the one-way system at The Square will make the junction more appealing and not like Main Street is closed off completely.
With the new layout, it is expected that a lot of the barriers and cones will be able to be removed whilst retaining the spaces for people to remain socially distant, allowing for continued on-street parking and meet the needs of the businesses for deliveries and servicing their customers.
The 20mph speed limit remains in force through the town centre.