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Elgin Cemetery's Linkwood Road entrance closed to vehicles

By Sarah Rollo

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SAFETY fears have led to cars being stopped from using an entrance into Elgin cemetery.

The Linkwood Road access to the burial ground will close to vehicles from tomorrow.

The Linkwood Road entrance to Elgin Cemetery will close to vehicles on safety grounds.
The Linkwood Road entrance to Elgin Cemetery will close to vehicles on safety grounds.

Moray Council said the gates will be permanently locked and a barrier installed to prevent vehicles reversing out of the cemetery onto Linkwood Road.

Vehicles will instead be able to access the cemetery through the Oakfield Road entrance.

It comes after complaints from motorists and a follow-up inspection by the local authority's health and safety and transportation specialists, who highlighted a problem with visibility for cars entering and exiting the cemetery onto Linkwood Road.

Elgin City South Councillor, and leader of Moray Council, Graham Leadbitter, said the safety of drivers and pedestrians is a priority.

He said: "I’m grateful to our staff for highlighting this concern, and pleased to see this proactive action being taken to avoid any accidents.

"It’s important that access is available to the cemetery for funerals or visiting the memorials of their loved ones, and vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained through other existing entrances – while keeping vehicle access as safe as possible."

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