LISTEN: Stuart Paton explains the issues Dunkeld is facing from traffic in and around the town
Since the lockdown restrictions have eased in Dunkeld, limits to the pressure from traffic are becoming clear as normal day to day life resumes and tourists take their holidays at home this year.
Now the community council are hoping to get the voices of local people involved in having their say to find solutions to traffic tormenting the road.
Chair of the Dunkeld and Birnam Community Council, Stuart Paton said: “This does raise a lot of interest, the issues are quite contentious, different people have very different views on the issues involved.
“I think it’s important for us to listen to a lot of views and try by balance the views, like I said, there are some big issues that we’ll have to address.”
Stuart’s very conscious that such an early stage in considering plans that it’s important to start building a consensus.
He added: “We might need to make some decisions that we’re maybe not carrying one hundred per cent of the community with, but hopefully we can gather enough buy into these issues that even the people who aren’t entirely happy with something, they’re willing to go with it.”
Concerns over speeding through the town, which has a densely packed high street leading onto the square, from cars and heavy goods vehicles are becoming more and more of a problem according to Stuart.
Tourists bring with them ‘a lot of benefits’ says Stuart, but at the same time, he says there’s a bigger picture on the ‘big impact on residents within the village’ with issues such as waste disposal occurring.
Some of the issues are less recent, Stuart explained that the community council has already set up a subcommittee to deal with these problems before the lockdown parking was one of these.
Alongside all the problems facing the roads are the pavements, especially when users come into conflict with pedestrians crossing the narrow pathway and cyclists riding over next to large lorries passing northwards with goods.
This is why the community council are looking to hear from the community what the solutions could be, many have already been suggested but the committee of councillors wants to engage with further dialogue while suggestions are still coming in.
Stuart said: “We’re living in unusual times at the moment, so clearly things like town hall meetings, or probably even stands in the village, aren’t so appropriate.
“We obviously discuss these kinds of things regularly at our community councils and everybody’s encouraged to come along to them.”
This is one of the best ways to get involved, so to get more details from Stuart, interested people can email: email@example.com
Alternatively, the Dunkeld and Community Council’s Facebook page can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/DandBCC