COMMON sense prevailed at Tuesday’s meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee when a proposal to make Ladybridge Street one way was abandoned.
In a report submitted to members, strategic director communities Alan McKeown stated: “In October, 2011, the committee, as part of the Arbroath Town Centre Traffic Management Review, instructed the head of roads to prepare outline proposals for the enhancement of the East Grimsby/Burnside Drive junction.
“In this regard a local elected member requested that the head of roads investigate the introduction of a one-way traffic restriction on East Grimsby and Ladybridge Street to eastbound traffic only.
“The head of roads undertook informal public consultation on the proposal to make East Grimsby and Ladybridge Street one way eastbound only between Burnside Drive and Marketgate.”
The report revealed that an objection to the proposals was submitted by a local fish merchant with premises in Ladybridge Street on the basis that the proposals would make access and egress at his premises awkward and potentially unsafe by reversing against the proposed one-way traffic flow.
Subsequently, Mackay Boat Builders Arbroath Ltd., with premises at Old Shore Head, realised that implementation of the order would also have major ramifications for movement of their wheeled equipment from their yard to other parts of the harbour.
Councillor Bob Spink, a member of the infrastructure services committee, explained their dilemma, He said: “The proprietor of the boatyard realised that, if the one-way order was implemented, his forklift truck and mobile crane would have to go along Old Shorehead and Marketgate to Brothock Bridge then along the dual-carriageway to reach the far side of the harbour.
“Traffic on some of these streets is heavy enough without having a crane clogging it up further.
“The order had been proposed as part of the plan to make the car park behind the Webster Memorial Theatre short stay, so when that idea fell through because of local objections, there was not further need for the one-way plan to be implemented.”