A consultation has been launched to fully pedestrianise a street in Peterhead town centre.
Marishcal Street is already partly restricted to those on foot, although buses and vans are allowed in for loading purposes.
But since the opening of nearby Chapel Street, there have been a high number of complaints around safety, prompting Aberdeenshire Council to carry out a review.
The local authority is now consulting with businesses and the community on the proposals.
One option involves removing all traffic from a section of Marischal Street – from Erroll Street to Chapel Street – and make it accessible only to pedestrians.
The change would mean all vehicles will be prohibited to enter the street at all times.
Additional measures for businesses in the town centre
To mitigate against any potential impact on deliveries to some businesses, the council is proposing the introduction of additional measures such as designated loading bays on Erroll Street and in the Maiden Street car-park.
Additional parking would also be created adjacent to Buchan House, thereby removing the current prohibition of waiting, and a build-out for traffic to slow down when entering Errol Street is also proposed.
Principal roads engineer for Buchan Stewart Ingram is encouraging people to have their say on the future of the town centre.
He said: “We had very constructive discussions with stakeholders and had hoped to go out to consultation last year, however that was delayed as a result of the Covid pandemic.
“I would now encourage all businesses and interested parties to participate fully in the consultation, the outcomes of which will feature within the report going before the Buchan area committee later this year.”
Currently, Marischal Street remains closed to traffic until August to enable completion of works on the Drummers Corner project.
Residents can submit their comments on the proposals by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org.