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The junction at the top of Church Road which leads west into Annsbrae Place/Gardens. Photo © Google 2021

CONCERNS have been raised about “hazardous and antisocial driving” in an area of Lerwick.

A letter recently sent to Lerwick Community Council said it is “only a matter of time before a car or person is struck” on the road near Annsbrae Place/Gardens.

The community council agreed to write to Police Scotland on the matter.

In a letter Andy Kinnear said in the better weather he has sometimes been “kept up until the small hours with the roar of modified engines and exhausts”.

He noted that the speed bumps on Church Road continue up Knab Road but do not go west along Annsbrae Gardens/Place.

“I would hope that plans may already be in place to introduce further traffic calming measures,” Kinnear said. “If not I would ask that this is seriously considered for the safety and sanity of the wider public.”

However, another letter was later submitted to the community council claiming this is “utter nonsense”.

Robert Wishart said he lives at South Hillhead and “apart from some drivers coming slightly too fast into the ‘new’ 20 limit there is no problem”.

“The road is far quieter than when we moved here 38 years ago,” he said.

When the matter was discussed at a meeting of Lerwick Community Council on Monday evening members conceded there was little they could do themselves.

Damien Ristori said the issue of driving in the town has regularly been brought up over the years, with the community councillor receiving emails about Victoria Pier for instance.

Ristori did suggest, however, that more police patrols could be a way forward.