Councillor Alastair Majury on Dunblane Spaces for People Consultation

Proposals include a 30mph limit that will be less than 400M long

Between the 5th and 26th October 2020 Stirling Council ran a 3-week consultation with the community to direct how and where this funding should be spent. Approximately 500 responses to this consultation were received.

The projects were noted by the Council’s Environment and Housing Committee on the 20th of January 2021 and will proceed under the delegated authority of the Chief Operating Officer for Infrastructure and Environment.

Officers will be developing designs and promoting these with Ward Councillors, stakeholder groups (such as Community Councils, Business Groups, Development Trusts, Stirling Area Access Panel, Cycle Groups, etc.) as well as the wider community, with Dunblane being the first projects up for consultation.

In addition to the controversial 20mph limit proposed for the former dual carriageway that was discussed at the Environment and Housing Committee, officers have added additional proposals such as removal of the 40mph buffer zone and extending the 20mph limit to include most of the Doune road, despite majority community opposition to 20mph limits in Dunblane.

This would result in a 30mph limit on the Doune Road that is less than 400m in length, whilst best practice is that the minimum length of a speed limit should not be less than 600m. The proposed 20mph limit for the Doune road, will also exclude the Wallace Rd and Grant Drive junctions which are well used by both primary and high school pupils.

Whilst officers, are continuing with the controversial 20mph limit on the B8033 which is likely to be even less effective than other 20mph limits, as ERASER (Evaluations to Realise a common Approach to Self-explaining European Roads) highlights that ‘accelerators’ (open road environment, wide road, straight road stretched) that the former dual carriageway has, means that drivers are likely to drive at higher speeds, and are less likely to adhere to lower speed limits.

Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“I welcome the removal of the 40mph buffer zone, I have been lobbying on behalf of residents for years for this to removed, given that this was a contributing factor to motorists speeding when passing the Wallace Rd and Grant Drive junctions where children cross the road.

I am however concerned that the council is proposing to reduce the 30mph limit to be less than 600m in length, ignoring best practice, and query if the 20mph limit is being introduced for safety concerns why this doesn’t include where lots of children cross when going to school.

I would urge the council to listen to the community, and scrap these additional and ineffective 20mph limits, and use the resources for community supported improvements such as improving Newton Crescent Park path”

Notes:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/2733/setting-local-speed-limits.pdf

The minimum length of a speed limit should generally be not less than 600 metres to avoid too many changes of speed limit along the route. In exceptional circumstances this can be reduced to 400 metres for lower speed limits, or even 300 metres on roads with a purely local access function, or where a variable 20 mph limit is introduced, for example outside a school. Anything shorter is not recommended. The length adopted for a limit will depend on the limit applied and also on the conditions at or beyond the end points. The terminal points of speed limits need to take account of the particular local circumstances, such as steep gradients, sharp bends, junctions, access roads, humpbacked bridges or other hazards, and also good visibility of the signs and an extension of the speed limit may be needed to ensure this.

Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI, is also a director of Majury Change Management Ltd is a highly experienced Senior Business Analyst / Data Scientist with a proven track record of success planning, developing, implementing and delivering migrations, organisational change, regulatory, legislative, and process improvements for global financial organisations, covering Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Life & Pensions.

For several years now, Alastair has worked extensively with a variety of financial institutions in order to offer the utmost comprehensive services. As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI is expected to find intuitive and sensible solutions to complex problems.

As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI has worked closely with several high-profile businesses, such as BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank, Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.​A graduate of University of Glasgow, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI earned his M.A. in Economics with Business Economics. Since then, Alastair has undergone several training sessions and earned multiple certifications for a variety of skills. More specifically, he has earned certifications in IAQ, risk management, resource management, and a bevy of other areas. ​Alastair Majury thoroughly enjoys his work.

What excites him most about being a data scientist/business analyst is that every problem has a variety of solutions. This allows for a great deal of creativity on his part. Providing ingenious solutions to his customers’ problems provides a great deal of satisfaction to Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI. Every single day can be a new and challenging problem.​

Although he is a fierce and determined worker, Alastair also manages to find free time to embrace his hobbies and interests. Alastair is a major proponent of philanthropy and charitable endeavors. He constantly finds new and exciting ways to promote charities and philanthropic organizations in his community. He also tries to donate time and funds to said organizations whenever he can. Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI firmly believes that if we all work together towards a common goal, we can find peace.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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