Sent on behalf of Councillor Mike Barnacle
I refer to the above proposal approved at E & I Committee on 23/3/16 and statutory consultation thereon.
As a Ward Councillor involved when the community lobbied for the original Dryside Road track to be surfaced from the Fife Boundary, I have a keen interest in securing a long-term solution acceptable to the majority. I note that in 2005, a large section of this road from the Fife boundary (stream at border culverted) to Glenlomond was tarmacked, resulting in an increase in usage and traffic speed. On Monday evening, I visited Tom Mackie who lives at Muirs of Kinnesswood near the Fife Boundary and on Tuesday evening there was a long discussion at Portmoak Community Council involving local members and the public regarding this proposal, Councillor Giacopazzi (Vice-Convenor of E & I) being present.
It was unanimously agreed that the best long-term solution for ‘the Green Route’ was as follows viz:-
1. A 30 mph limit from the Fife Boundary to the start of the housing at Glenlomond, with a shorter 20 mph section from here to the village entrance (where current 40 mph sign is to be relocated from), a 30 mph limit from here to the entrance to Wester Balgedie and a 20 mph through Wester Balgedie to the A911 junction.
2. Passing places to be provided at certain points and I suggest an on-site meeting to discuss same.
3. Dryside Road at Glenlomond is badly potholed and requires attention.
4. An off-road footpath link to be researched between Glenlomond and Wester Balgedie.
5. Further markers/roadside boulders required at Muirs of Kinnesswood to prevent verge deterioration (Tom Mackie asserts some ownership at this locus and has suggested gating the road, which I have advised against.)
I am aware the above is not currently proposed but feel it would provide the best solution for most parties and would ask for the Committee Report to be re-visited along these lines.
Councillor Mike Barnacle
Independent Member for Kinross-shire