20mph limit on roads too costly for North-east council

Councillors have slammed the brakes on proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit in the North-east – because it would cost too much.

Moray Council’s SNP group had urged the local authority to investigate the prospect of rolling out the lower limit in residential parts of the county to make people safer.

But members of the Tory-Independent administration group stopped the move on financial grounds.

Local authority boss George Alexander said installing signs would cost £2.5million.

A vote tied at 12-12, but convener James Allan used his deciding vote to reject it.