Council respond to 999 rescue team call

AN SoS from a life-saving rescue crew looks set to receive a swift response from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

 

Members of Nith Inshore Rescue team had expressed concern about the speed of traffic going passed their base on the northern edge of Glencaple.

 

They faced potential delays turning into their car park or leaving with a rescue boat when responding non-river launch 999 calls. 

 

But the team yesterday welcomed news the council are proposing to move the 30 mph village speed limit north on the B725 Dumfries road beyond the rescue team buildings and car park.

 

The issue was taken up by Caerlaverock Community Association and Dumfriesshire constituency MSP Oliver Mundell.

 

Nith Inshore Rescue crew member and quartermaster Lew McKenzie said: "Seconds can make a big difference in a rescue situation and fast oncoming traffic can cause delays or a hazard. I'm delighted that the council appear to have taken this on board."

 

The news was also given a thumbs up by campaigner and former crewman Douglas Anderson of Caerlaverock Community Association.

 

He said: "The council have indicated they intend moving the 30 mph signs north beyond the boathouse as a priority in the current financial year and then later consider further traffic calming for the village."

 

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell, who took up the issue with the council, stated he was encouraged by the council response.

 

He said: "It is currently a crazy situation. During either practice or a real call-out, an important grade-A emergency service is operating in a situation where vehicles are passing its door legally at the national 60 mph speed limit.

 

"There has been too many near-misses and extending the 30 mph zone should prevent delays or even a collision."