It appears that the latest traffic calming measures recently introduced ostensibly by Highland Council in Dingwall haven’t been well received by the residents of the town. I am new to the Highlands and not up with all the local politics, but apparently it was introduced to somehow help with the social distancing rules brought in to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. I personally can’t see how creating a couple of traffic islands to slow traffic down in Dingwall is going to help with that, and I can easily see why it’s seen by many of the locals as a complete waste of council tax payers money. But just where does Dingwall find it’s money for road safety schemes like this? Last year I was told if we wanted to introduce vehicle activated speed signs at the northeast and southwest end of the A834 approaches to Strathpeffer it would have to come out of community council budget and Strathpeffer didn’t have any funds to do this. Reading this article it looks like the recent work in Dingwall has been funded by Highland council with money it received from the Scottish government rather than coming out of the Dingwall community council budget, but surely wouldn’t it be in Highland councils best interest to get behind schemes like the Peffery Way and get that finished? This would not only benefit the people of Dingwall and Strathpeffer, but all the people who live up and down the strath, by giving them a way of exercising whilst keeping safe and this would help to keep them both mentally and physically fit.
Talking of road safety I noticed a website called crashmap.co.uk which you can use to interrogate a database of all road traffic accidents of the last 20 years. Thankfully it appears that there have been no fatalities in the 15 RTA that have occurred in that period in the village itself, but it’s noticeable that two of the more serious of them occurred on the ‘drag strip’ that is the road to Blairninich.
It’s a great pity that some of this money from the Scottish Government couldn’t have been used for traffic calming measures in Strathpeffer in an attempt to enforce the 30 mph speed limit through the village, not only for the safety its inhabitants, but also for its visitors when they eventually return.