Murdo Fraser welcomes site assessment at busy Perthshire road

Scottish Conservative politicians are pleased to hear a site assessment has been scheduled to take place to examine whether a pedestrian crossing should be installed on a busy Perthshire road.

Local residents in Blairgowrie had raised concerns about difficulties experienced in crossing the A93 Perth Road, particularly amongst elderly people and those who suffer from visual impairments.

Many constituents contacted Murdo Fraser, Scottish Conservative MSP for the Mid Scotland and Fife region, to express their views on the matter and to ask if a crossing facility can be installed on Perth Road, near the Co-operative shop.

Mr Fraser then wrote to Karen Reid, Perth and Kinross Council’s Chief Executive, to highlight these

concerns and she has responded, stating that Perth Road is included in the list of potential

controlled crossings for the next financial year.

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “The council chief executive’s response is very welcome as there are

many elderly residents who have great difficulty trying to cross Perth Road in Blairgowrie. Mrs Reid has said that a site assessment will be carried out at Perth Road to determine utilities and services once the present programme of works is completed at Elm Drive, Berrydale Road and on Coupar Angus Road.

“The council’s chief executive said that a similar request for a pedestrian crossing at this point in

the road had been made on behalf of the Blairgowrie Support Group for the Macular Society, whose clients suffer from visual impairment.”

And Councillor Caroline Shiers, who represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward for the Scottish Conservatives, added: “I would welcome the provision of a crossing on Perth Road to improve pedestrian crossing of the road.

“This has been raised frequently since I was elected and with an increase in traffic is needed more now than ever.

“I am delighted to see crossings have been installed around the town as a result of increased investment by this council administration and I will work with council officers to see this issue tackled too.”

Councillor Bob Brawn, who also represents the Blairgowrie and the Glens ward for the Scottish Conservatives, commented: “I would support the provision of a crossing on Perth Road adjacent to shopping facilities. Increased traffic flow makes this a difficult place to cross and I understand that there have been continued requests for such provision, the latest from the Macular Support Group in Blairgowrie.

“There have been several new crossings installed of late as a result of the current Council Administration and hopefully this matter can be dealt with in a similar way.”

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