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Fears of 'strangulation' due to traffic pressure
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 7 April 1999
Major traffic problems encountered in St Andrews during the
first busy weekend of the visitor season has emphasised the
strangulation which could come with major new golf and leisure
This was claimed yesterday as members of the towns
community council and preservation trust were quick to react to reports that
junctions in the town became snarled up in Easter traffic which caused
tailbacks and delays.
The situation arose as three applications for huge
developments around the town at Feddinch, Kingask, and Scooniehill make
their way through the planning process of Fife Council. All three applications
are to be taken out of the hands of locally elected councillors, and decided at
a meeting of the councils central strategic development committee.
It was confirmed yesterday, that it is still possible that
moves might be made by St Andrews bodies to request the Scottish Office to use
its powers to call-in the Kingask application for
determination by the Secretary of State because of unhappiness over the way it
has been handled.
On the question of weekend congestion leading community
councillor Dr Frank Riddell said there had been a lot more traffic in the town
with the Easter holiday.
The areas where problems arose are similar to those
identified recently when the preservation trust mounted a demonstration to show
the effect of limited amount of extra traffic on the town centre.
What has happened over the Easter break is nothing to
what we will see if these developments go ahead.
We would be talking strangulation. At Feddinch the
effect of 600 holiday units would be to create a small town. From Easter right
through until the end of the summer the results of that would be
Dr Riddell said that in the case of Kingask the site
was on the wrong side of the site from the major parking. Any traffic coming
into town from Kingask would have to come back through the town centre
to reach the parking areas.
Yesterday the chairman of the towns preservation
trust, Dorothea Morrison, said that there had been traffic problems in the town
for the whole weekend.
We had the familiar St Andrews haar, and although
Easter might have been quieter than normal, people were still flocking into
town. These were not golf related visitors, they were just normal people out
for a day or weekend trip, and wanting to see and enjoy our historic mediaeval
I was on duty at the museum and people were saying
that if they could not get moving in the town they just wouldnt bother
coming back. This is a real threat, and not something we have imagined. We live
here and monitor the situation all the time, she said.
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