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  1. Colin

    20 MPH speed limit in town

    I would like to see evidence proving that some people actually achieve 50mph in the town centre as all we appear to have at the moment is hearsay and 'sound bites'. Furthermore, (zebra/pelican/whatever crossing points aside) I believe that reducing vehicles speed to 20mph makes crossing a fairly busy road even more difficult as it creates a 'solid' line of traffic with no gaps to nip across. example; Crossing the road at the Gremista Power Station, although it is quite busy, is relatively straightforward. Try crossing the same bit of road a few yards further on at the roundabout below Gremista Industrial Estate. Difficult because there is a 'speed' sign just ahead of the roundabout that reduces vehicles speeds and creates a fairly solid line of 'bumper to bumper' traffic entering Lerwick. Like I (and others) said earlier; If there is a problem with young(?) drivers in the town centre then, get the police down there. They would only have to 'nick' one or two for the message to get out.
    2 points
  2. Brilliant, some common sense at last. You have hit the nail on the head Tammy. Noo wee need folk lik de in da cooncil It seems that one of the main reasons for introducing this is because a minority of idiots are speeding at 50 in ower da toon. Now if this is a problem why are the police not addressing this. As you say, just changing it to 20 will not solve this problem. The proposals are to cost between £100 - 150k and we will end up with narrower roads and speed bumps, which are great challenges for the boy racers. I could understand this if there were a worrying number of accidents, but have there been any more in ower, than say at Bolts. Doubt it somehow. It seemed the argument with traffic lights didn't swing this, so they have thrown in the 50 mph speeding. Did these speeders suddenly slow down when they reached the Home Furnishing ? It just seems to me that someone is he'll bent on getting this 20mph limit, but unfortunately this is not being thought through. As for our councillors, they really need to get a grip and stop having the wool pulled over their eyes.
    2 points
  3. Just a little reply to my previous post regarding Northlink Ferries / Serco. I emailed them to tell them about the issues, and I have had an exceptional reply, with an apology for the issues that occured, and a voucher for when we return via the Northlink. Thank you very much to the Customer Service Team at Northlink - We will be back soon!
    1 point
  4. I see they've been taking lessons off the SIC for the games they play. I admire your patience, this is a perfect example of why I avoid medical professionals.I'd never reach this stage as I'd already have assault charges pending, and probably an active restraining order against me.
    1 point
  5. When was someone last killed in an accident on the Esplanade, last one I can remember was around 1978. When was somebody injured in an accident on the Esplanade. When was anyone last killed, or there was a "serious" accident anywhere in da toon for that matter. Maybe senility has really set in and my memory died, but its a good few years since there's been anything I can recall. Even then, this so-called "notorious" Esplanade behaviour played no obvious part. Thinking back 30-40 years, somebody getting killed or badly brukkit in a prang in da toon happened every few months - seems whatever changed since then has worked brawly weel. So why the hellbent notion by the SIC to fix what ain't broke. As long as "young men" (and everybody else for that matter) have wheels, you will never eradicate every so often somebody flooring it or taking off in a bit of a mad spree, squeeze it out of one place and it'll just relocate. I seriously doubt that this alleged Esplanade "issue" coming up now is wholly coincidental, given that blocking off going up by the Clydesdale also blocked off what was always part of one of the "circuits" too. Can't loop there, can loop via the pier, its not rocket science.
    1 point
  6. Mr Wills is a bit late in the day with this observation, its been going on for decades and to be fair to todays kids, they are driving cars that are a lot safer and a lot less powerful than people my age were driving when we were young. The first due to technology and the second due to insurance going through the roof. How many bad accidents have there been in the town caused by young people who were sober? I can't think of anything that leaps out recently and it sounds like a waste of money. I also think that it goes on far less, I can't remember seeing many wheelspins when I've been in town and its pretty hard to do handbrake turns in todays front wheel drive cars anyway. As to Zebra crossings, visit Tesco and see how many people are morons who have no clue what stripes on the road mean - and its not the youngsters who are guilty, bus drivers routinely park on the crossing outside the door which is selfish and stupid when you consider the parking for folk with kids is just next to the crossing now. I recall a few years ago, when my own children were small (I had one in each hand) almost being mowed down on the crossing outside Muddy Bay by a woman who looked about 50 driving a 4x4 - you just can't regulate for idiots and blaming young folk is a pretty ignorant stance.
    1 point
  7. Yes, sadly it's just another example of needless interference and "Big Brother". If there was a genuine need for it then fine, but there isn't. It reminds me of the "improvements" to Harrison Square and the bollards at the Clydesdale Bank. Both "initiatives" have proven to be a disaster for Da Street and reading between the lines if Councillor Allan Wishart's comments on Radio Shetland the other night are anything to go by those "changes" that were implemented might eventually be torn up and reinstated..... Another fine mess.....
    1 point
  8. Agreed, but there in lies the problem. They will no doubt spend £150k putting in signage, humps and Zebra crossings, then after they realise that there are now more accidents at the zebra crossings, they will put them back to pelican at another £100k and true to form having done a complete circle and spent twice the money. Simples Mind you Urabug I could try doing 50mph through the town da morns night given all these people are aware of all this speeding and that nothing seems to be done about it, but da ald jalopy would overheat if I went over 30
    1 point
  9. Urabug

    20 MPH speed limit in town

    They want the speed limit down to twenty so they can change the crossings to zebras. This will save money but will certainly compromise safety. As for speeding,the area is well covered by CCTV and the speeding culprits could soon be identified and the necessary measures taken to slow them down,by heavy fines and penalty points. Most of us have driven in this area for many years with no problems. This is just another stupid idea some of our councilors have though up to save money,when the real problem is overstaffing in some departments. Turkeys do not vote for xmas.
    1 point
  10. Just like the drinking ban, more rubbish "just because they can". More of a policing problem than one of inconveniencing the large majority of law abiding drivers. Where are the police when all this reckless driving and speeding is going on? If there is a problem then, they should be onto it by now.
    1 point
  11. paulb

    20 MPH speed limit in town

    maybe just park a police car outside the car park on the odd evening. maybe even have their drug dogs excise to. think the trouble would stop quickly then.
    1 point
  12. paulb

    2014 - My Shetland

    just advice to some folks. the ex owner is back in hospital mainly down to comments about them. its sometimes best to do the good deed and leave it at that. i wish some times that the speed of news through our community was not so good. please folks remember that humans need love to.
    1 point
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