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Local residents say they fear a serious accident could happen on Assaye Place in Stornoway as an increasing number of drivers use the street as a shortcut.

 

Drivers detour along the street to avoid potential bottlenecks at the top of Willowglen Road/ Caberfeidh.

 

Residents say they fear a child could be knocked down.

 

They are calling for traffic calming measures such as introducing an one way system.

 

Roddy Nicolson, chair of Manor and Castle Residents Association said: “There are so many children now using Assaye Place as a form of playpark.

 

“Sometimes there can be as many as 14-16 children cycling, running, playing football, oblivious to the dangers of cars and lorries tearing down Assaye Place.”

 

Stornoway North councillor Gordon Murray stressed: “Something needs to be done or there will be a serious accident.”

 

“I have been raising the issue of children safety in Assaye Place for many years now given the concerns of the parents and residents.

 

“I urge the council to take action whether it’s a traffic calming solution to stop cars flying through the area or to look at re-opening the Canada Crescent play park which was taken from the community many years ago.”

 

The comhairle have discussed the situation but any future project has been given a low priority for implementation said Mr Murray.

 

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