Delighted to receive the well laid out pamphlet regarding the Crieff Action Plan . The problems related in it with regard to traffic and our acceptability of the discomfort to shoppers and pedestrians is certainly not a new phenomenon ! I reproduce a report dated May 1958 ( a mere 55 years ago !! ) which certainly rings a few bells !
Stevenson - grandfather of RLS - drew up a plan in 1808 for the Perth to St Fillans Canal His route by passed Crieff to the south With little alteration for subsequent development - a relief road on this line would appear to be the only real solution to alleviate a growing problem that will not go away ! Compare the two docs - deja vu ?
Crieff Community Action Plan
The A85 trunk road is the main east- west between Perth and Oban This road passes through the heart of Crieff The result is that Crieff’ s High street is often dominated by large lorries and heavy goods vehicles In addition , Because of Crieff’s position , surrounded by farm land and woodland , it also common for large agricultural and forestry vehicles to use Crieff’s High Street . Very narrow , poorly maintained pavements , inadequate parking provision , a lack of enforcement of on street parking restrictions and a lack of provision of loading bays frequently create a situation of grid lock in the town centre .The result is an unpleasant and sometimes dangerous experience for residents and visitors alike .
A study carried out by Dundee University in 2012 confirmed residents’ long standing concerns that the centre of Crieff is dominated by vehicles and that inadequate attention has been given to the safe flow of pedestrians along and across the main High Street .
Given the likely increase in population of Crieff over the next decade this situation needs to be addressed urgently .
Crieff Traffic Fears
“ Chaos “ Predicted
Giving evidence yesterday at the resumed public enquiry into objections against th new proposed relief road for Crieff, Inspector James Scobie , Crieff said that if traffic volume doubled in 20 years time , it would mean stand still conditions in the town’s main street . Traffic had increased in recent years including the entry into the Burgh of large numbers of touring coaches . In addition Loch Earn was being developed for water skiing and boating and that would bring more traffic through Crieff.
Mr James S McGavin, the County Councils Planning Officer said that if the volume of traffic was doubled in twenty years’ time , the position in Crieff ‘s main street would become chaotic .
Consideration has been given to widening the main street but the cost of acquiring property to achieve that would be prohibitive .Proper by pass roads were proposed but rejected . In his opinion the relief road was the correct solution to the problem .The planning authority recognised that Crieff was a holiday centre and therefore decided to keep the relief road as close as possible to the existing shopping centre .