Brechin residents have been promised safety surveys on busy streets after complaints about locals being forced to dodge increasing numbers of HGVs and speeding cars heading through the town.
The volume and pace of vehicles on key routes through the heart of Brechin and heading east to Montrose will be investigated after the community council took up the issue.
Residents, including parents, raised concerns about having to cross packed roads on their way to and from a local primary school.
Brechin and Edzell Independent councillor Bob Myles has now asked officials to undertake surveys on stretches including Montrose Street and the busy A935.
Community Council chairwoman Jill Scott said: “Residents from Barehill Braes have reported difficulties exiting onto the A935 due to speeding traffic and we have also had a number of complaints about the amount of HGVs on Southesk Street and Montrose Street.
“There are already concerns over children crossing the road safely at Southesk Street to get to Andover Primary School and 10 homes being built in former Damacre site will add to the children in the catchment there,” she added.
“Many of the lorries are heading to either the slaughterhouse outside Brechin, or on to Montrose port, which is expanding.
She said she was relieved that residents’ concerns were being taken seriously.
“Whilst the community council is delighted that Montrose port is expanding, it must not be at the expense of the safety of the Brechin population,” she added.
“The volume of traffic is increasingly significantly. Pavements are very narrow in parts and we’ve also asked that the length of the town be assessed for new crossings as people feel there is already a safety risk.”
A council spokesman confirmed it was moving ahead with Mr Myles’ request for speed surveys on Montrose Street and the Barehill Braes/A935 stretch and said these would be carried out in the coming weeks.
At the latest meeting of the community council the prospect of a relief road between the A90 and Montrose port was also raised again. The group was informed routes were still being looked at.
The £15 million plan has been in the pipeline for a number of years and there are hopes that Tay Cities Deal cash could be used to deliver the link.