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Different speed limits in Thurso confusing drivers, says community council

By Gordon Calder

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DRIVERS in Thurso are being confused by varying speed limits in different parts of the town, according to local community councillors.

They hit out at their virtual meeting on Tuesday night and pointed out some areas of Thurso now have 20mph speed limits while others are the standard 30mph. It was also claimed the signs - in certain areas which have had the 20mph limit since March 22 - are still covered in plastic.

Speed limits of 20 and 30mph in Thurso are confusing drivers, according to community council.
Speed limits of 20 and 30mph in Thurso are confusing drivers, according to community council.

Gill Arrowsmith said the situation is "confusing the life out of folk". Fellow community councillor, Thelma Mackenzie, maintained there is nothing to indicate that some areas are in a 20mph zone. "People are confused," she said.

Chairman, Ron Gunn, also expressed dismay with the different speed limits in the town and agreed to take the matter up with Highland Council. He is to contact the principal engineer and ask when the plastic will be removed from the signs.

Earlier, community councillor, James Campbell, said there is an ongoing speeding issue in Princes Street. He claimed some cars and trucks approach the children's crossing at " a hell of a rate", especially between 2.30 and 3pm.

"A bit of common sense should come in when you see a lolipop lady standing there," he stated.

Paul Cannop said vehicles speed in and out of the town's Angus Court.

Thurso-based police officer, Chris Millar, who was at the meeting, agreed to try and check out what is happening there.

When he was giving the monthly police report to the community council, he explained there had been a Day of Action across the Highlands when speed checks were carried out. Vehicles were monitored in parts of Caithness, including Thurso and Scrabster but no offences were detected.

The officer also pointed out that over the past month there were five drug driving detections.

Mr Millar said the police have noticed an increase in calls of concern since the coronavirus pandemic struck a year ago.

"People are struggling a lot more than before Covid. It is very noticeable," he added.

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