A call has been made for a crossing to be installed at a busy road ahead of the opening of a new academy.
Safety concerns have been raised by parents over pupils walking from Cove to the new Lochside Academy at Nigg, which is set to open for the 2018/19 academic term in August.
But a new council report has recommended councillors do not progress with a £30,000-£35,000 proposal for a pedestrian crossing on Cove Road next to its Earn’s Heugh Road junction.
Officers argue their modelling, based on the number of pedestrians crossing the road multiplied by the number of conflicting vehicles, does “not qualify” for any type of crossing facility.
But area ward councillors Stephen Flynn and Alex Nicoll have criticised the recommendation which they said was based on figures at a time when pupils are not currently expected to cross the road and instead get the bus to Kincorth Academy.
In a joint statement, the SNP members said: “The proposal not to install a puffin crossing on Cove Road, despite the council expecting pupils to walk across it, is deeply frustrating and parents are right to feel aggrieved.
“Cove Road is notoriously busy at peak times with many commuters speeding to try and avoid Wellington Road, and every effort has to be made to ensure that a safe crossing option is in place.
“Any notion that the current number of pedestrians crossing Cove Road is low and that this therefore indicates that a crossing is not required is ridiculous. After all, pupils are not currently expected to cross the road to get to school.”
However, officers have encouraged councillors to progress with plans to implement a pedestrian crossing on Earn’s Heugh Road, next to its junction with Langdykes Road.
Members of the council’s operational delivery committee will consider the report and vote on its recommendations when they meet tomorrow.
Ross Grant, the administration’s spokesman for transport and regeneration, said the need for a crossing on Cove Road would be re-assessed when the new school opens.
He said: “As the new £50m Lochside Academy will shortly be open to school pupils, I have instructed officers to arrange for a follow-up survey to be undertaken post opening of the school.
“The survey result will be reported to councillors in order that they can make a definitive decision as to the need or otherwise for a crossing on Cove Road.”