Traffic Proposals for Stonehaven

By Jane Cruickshank / November 4, 2022
a view up Belmont Brae

MAKING the Belmont Brae one way is just one of the recommendations following a traffic management review in Stonehaven – all are to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

Almost 1,000 people took part in the March/April survey looking at various aspects of road and footpath use, and the sometimes conflicting needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Key locations in the town were examined: Cowie and the promenade; Market Square area; Cowgate, Shorehead and Bervie Braes; and the railway station.

In the survey, open feedback gave an opportunity to highlight needs/problems while possible solutions were probed through questions such as, ‘Should the area where the monthly farmers’ market on Margaret Street currently takes place be permanently pedestrianised?’ To this, 192 respondents strongly agreed, 210 tended to agree, 311 strongly disagreed, 195 tended to disagree and 37 didn’t know.

The project stemmed from concerns raised by Cowie residents about the increasing number of campervans using the promenade for overnight stops – so several of the questions were specific to addressing motorhome needs and options for accommodating them.

Acting on review findings

Having analysed and considered the feedback, council officers are now proposing short, medium and long term projects to be taken forward by the area Roads Network Management team in consultation with community groups and the Area Committee.

Short term:
Permanent widening of the Promenade (Links)
Redesign of Leisure Centre car park
Belmont Brae One way
Additional Pedestrian Crossings
One way system at the Railway Station
Installation of improved signage/waymarking throughout Stonehaven
One-way systems along Arbuthnott Place, The Cross and Albert Lane

Medium term:
Mineralwell improved footway access and lighting
Shared space and Parking at Shorehead and Harbour Area
Relocation of bus stops

Long term:
Linking Salmon Lane and Market Lane
Turning Area at Baird Park
Railway Station redesign/increase parking

Details of Tuesday’s Area Committee Meeting

The full report prepared for Councillors along with appendices detailing the survey feedback, is available online.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets on Tuesday November 8 at 9.30am in Viewmount Chambers, Arduthie Road. The meeting is open to the public.