A recent Riddoch Questions prompted a lot of you to get in touch and this emailer had a question for me. Has anyone got any ideas as to how to help this listener ?
I think I live in the fastest village in Scotland (60mph)?What ! you ask yourself ?
Well I live in a village called Cammachmore which is a village of over 50 houses and is directly off the A90 between Aberdeen and Stonehaven.
Cars come through the village having exited the brightly lit A90 into our very dark village (no street lights) at 60mph, legally I may add, as our speed limit is 60mph.
It sickens me everytime I listen or read about Road safety Campaigns as our children have to walk along our road to get to the School bus pick-up / drop off points.
A number of years ago there was a young school girl hit by a car traveling at 56mph, she was thrown up into the air and came back down through the sun roof, amazingly she did survive.
After the accident various residents approached the council and requested a speed limit through the village. The council always argued that because there were no streetlights then a speed limit could not be granted although I have driven through many villages in Scotland where they have no Streetlights but do have a speed limit even in Aberdeenshire. I personally ran a campaign to have streetlights installed thereby allowing us to get a speed limit.
All the way through the council put up hurdles in our way. They held ballots of the residents and demanded that we had to get over 66% of the residents in favour, not just 66% of the vote but 66% of the total number of residents. They then changed the catchment area of the village so that people who were not on the main road were included these people were either dis-interested or did not want or see the need for street lights down their single track lanes.
There were 3 ballots and we gained over 66% of the residents votes that lived on the main road but unfortunately we only gained 64% of the total 2% short and never got any streetlights and hence no speed limit. The last Ballot was around 5 years ago and I admit that I gave up totally disillusioned with politicians !
There have been a few changes in that time as there are now more houses in the village and a very busy restaurant creating more through traffic, also people / politicians have become more aware (hopefully) of increased safety measures, so I will be writing to the council this week requesting another ballot.