Evening Express

Aberdeen residents delighted after housing boss agrees to install road safety signs at park

An Aberdeen playpark will now benefit from signs warning drivers to slow down.

Councillor Gill Samarai pledged to take the matter forward after a concerned mum raised issues about speeding in the Stoneywood area around a children’s park.

Signs will be put in place at the new Dandara Stoneywood development, on Beech Manor, by the end of this month.

The playpark is in between two streets, and with a growing community, there were fears a child would be knocked down while playing.

Nicola Macpherson has lived in the area for four years, and has been trying to get signage installed to make drivers aware there are children playing there. The mum-of-three would ideally like the road dropped down to a 20mph speed limit, but said she was thrilled steps were being taken to improve safety in the area.

She said: “It’s taken two years to get to this point but it’s great that the signs are being installed.

“It will definitely help make a difference, and it will make drivers more aware.

“Ideally 20mph signs would be more appropriate, but one stage at a time.”

Previously, she had told the Evening Express there had been a few near misses as the park borders a busy street near to a mill, shops and Dandara’s head office.

Nicola said: “The playpark was put in two years ago and was designed to blend in with the development.

“There’s been a few near misses.

“The problem needs to be highlighted, we’re not just going to sit back and let a kid get knocked down.”

Cllr Samarai said: “I am delighted that Dandara has agreed to install signage to highlight the presence of the playpark and children playing.

“This is a very good result and I look forward to seeing these in place by the end of February.”

The roads have not yet been adopted by Aberdeen City Council, who said Dandara has responsibility for the works in place.

Dandara said it was a council matter.