Lower Speed Communities Project

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Through our local consultation work in 2015/16 we became aware that ‘traffic’ issues are an ongoing source of concern across Glencairn, but in Moniaive in particular.  Further discussions identified a number of different ‘traffic’ related issues, including speed of vehicles, size of vehicles, lack of pavements, lack of parking, and inappropriate parking.

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The Conservation village of Moniaive was shaped in an era of horse-drawn vehicles, and the narrow streets are now lined with parked cars and groan under the weight of the agricultural and HGV traffic that powers our local economy.    Our local school is one of the few in the area not to benefit from a 20mph limit, although the local Community Council have been working hard for several years to rectify this situation.

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During Summer 2016 we issued our Glencairn & Moniaive Action Plan, and one of our priorities outlined in that plan is the improvement of accessibility, as part of our wider aim to regenerate the High Street.

So when Living Streets (Scotland) advertised their new project, Lower Speed Communities, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.  We applied to be considered for a place on the national pilot, which aims to use funding from the Scottish Government’s Road Safety Framework to help 6 communities across Scotland to achieve a 20mph limit.  After a site visit by Barbara Allan from Living Streets (Scotland), we were offered a place on the project.

We held our first community meeting in May 2017.  Representatives of many of the local organisations of Glencairn came together with business owners and local residents to help us draw up a map of ‘problem areas’.  Those present agreed that:

  1. Speed is an issue with vehicles entering / exiting the village.
  2. Size of vehicle, as much as inappropriate speed, is an issue to pedestrians
  3. Lack of pavements, combined with inappropriate parking, increases the dangers to pedestrians
  4. Moniaive is a busy, working village, and any ‘solution’ must be sensitive to the importance of that traffic to the local economy.

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The Mapping process highlighted particular worries around:

a) The Dunreggan entrance to the village

b) Parking outside the public toilets

c) Parking outside the shop

d) Parking around the School at start / end of school day

You can read the full meeting notes here:

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We agreed to take these issues forward with the relevant authorities, and in June 2017 we held our first meeting with a representative of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Infrastructure & Transportation Department.  He outlined all the work carried out to date regarding a revision of the speed limit in Moniaive, and kindly supplied us with some technical data to help us progress our ideas.  We had the opportunity to explain the background to our project, and to discuss ways in which we might carry forward our current objectives.  You can see the Meeting Notes and associated documents here:

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Since then we have been busy gathering evidence from local residents, both out and about in Moniaive (on our stall at the Gala, for instance), and through comments generated on our Facebook page.  We were pleased to see that many local residents supported us by displaying our “20mph” posters in their windows for the Gala Parade.   Our ‘wee laddie’ (go-slow scarecrow) has been moved around the various entrances to the village, to remind drivers to slow down; and the children of Moniaive Primary School are currently creating their own ‘go slow scarecrows’ to join him in his duties.

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In early October we carried out two Community Street Audits, with the help of some local volunteers, including the Junior Road Safety Officers and P7 Class from Moniaive Primary.  Those Audits identified a small range of actions that we can take ourselves, both to raise awareness of and to alleviate some of the traffic  / pedestrian conflicts.  We issued a draft report on our findings in November 2017, which was then open for comment and feedback.

Our partnership work with Living Streets finished at the end of 2017, and their Final Report on the project has now been published, with copies forwarded to Dumfries & Galloway Council and to local elected members,  in support of our call for a 20mph area for Moniaive.

You can read that report here:

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We are still accepting feedback on this report, particularly the potential actions outlined for each of the sites reviewed.  You can email comments to us,  leave comments on this website, or post on our Facebook page.