Highland Spring News

Highland Spring Update 18/06/2018

Work continues on the parking extension at the factory this week. The surface is now being compacted and reinforced with metal ties ready for the first day of pouring cement Wednesday. The schedule of works has been disrupted by recent road closures on the A9. This update was delayed in order to include as much information as possible.

Pouring dates for cement should be as follows

Wednesday 20th JuneFriday 22nd JuneWednesday 27th JuneThursday 28th JuneMonday 2nd JulyTuesday 3rd July
This is 6 days rather then the original 4 and will be at a rate of 2 to 3 lorries per hour.   We have made Highland Spring aware we are very concerned about the speed these vehicles may do through the village based on previous experience during construction.  Highland Spring have indicated that because of the way the slab needs to be poured, they cannot guarantee that the School exclusion times can be completely upheld by the concrete delivery vehicles.  We have have made our disappointment at this known and will take this forward to railyard development scheduling.  Any other construction vehicles associated with the current work will still be covered by the charter.

Other news

Highland Spring and Network Rail are holding a joint presentation about amendments to the approved planning consent on Wednesday 20th June between 2pm and 8pm at the Highland Spring offices. This is your opportunity to view the plans and comment on them before they are submitted.

Following negotiations with Highland Spring they have agreed to create an email to report lorry issues on. The ID is being created this week and will have an automatic response confirming receipt. This will not be a correspondence address, it is solely for report lorries. We will let you know when it has been launched.

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Thank you to everyone who has worked hard this week to make it clear that we are aware of everything that is happening in relation to the parking extension site at the Highland Spring Factory. Everything we have dealt with and learned this week will be included in discussions of future traffic management plans.

The removal of material from the site was expected to have been completed by 5.30pm on Friday (8/6/2018). This weekend will only see the usual haulage companies collecting from Highland Spring.

Highland Spring have asked all their employees to refrain from parking in Stirling Street on Sunday to avoid causing problems for the Gala floats.

Monday will see the arrival of the lorries of aggregate for the base of the concrete slab. It should take approximately 3 days to get all the material on site. Again we are looking at up to 60 additional lorries a day at a rate of 8-10 per hour. Please continue to be vigilant, the agreed speed is now 10 mph for construction traffic, so drivers going faster than this will be obvious.

Any issues with the traffic should be reported as soon as possible to Highland Spring including company name, registration number and time. The sooner its reported the quicker that driver can be reminded of the Haulage Route Rules Charter. Contact is Maggie McLeman on 01764 660679. It is important to be able to identify vehicles, as there are also lorries making deliveries of aggregate to the salting depot for Tayside Contracts, and they are only subject to the usual speed limits.

Highland Spring have members of staff monitoring the construction traffic speed every day and will continue to do so for the duration of the construction.

The exclusion times for construction traffic remain the same as last week 8.30-9.15 am and 3.00 to 3.45pm. No drivers are permitted to enter the village or leave the Highland Spring site during these times. The possibility of extending the exclusion time to take into account the school children who travel by bus has been discussed. Kilmac will remind its contractors to be aware that young people will making their way to and from bus stops outside the exclusion times.

For those of you that have seen the Charter the operational time of 7am to 10.00pm is the maximum time they will work to. The intention is to cease work by 5.30pm every day. The additional time will cover any unforeseen issues and indicates when any work will cease if any additional time is required. It is not a notification of intent to operate to that time.

Once the foundations are complete there will be 4 separate days of cement lorries to cover the slab spread over 2 weeks. The dates will be published next week. The Community Council have already made Highland Spring aware that they expect the exclusion times to be adhered to by the cement delivery drivers.

9th June 2018

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Rules for haulage companies when delivering to Highland Spring

Vehicles travelling to site

  1. Driving through Blackford is not permitted at the following times 08:30 – 09:15 and 15:00 – 15:45.

  2. Exiting the Highland Spring site is not permitted at the following times 08:30 – 09:15 and 15:00 – 15:45.

  3. Vehicles however can be onsite at this time providing they arrive before 08:30 and 15:00.

  4. Speed limit of 10mph when driving through Blackford

  5. You must only drive through the main street of Blackford (Moray Street B8081)

  6. No vehicles must park on the main street.

Vehicles on site

  1. Hi-Vis vest and safety shoes must be worn when on site.
  2. Kilmac lorry number to be on windscreen
  3. One way system must be used (diagram attached)
  4. 5 mph speed limit when onsite
  5. Lorries using the one way system don’t have to queue and can drive past the traffic using Highland Spring banksman and queue on the one way system to minimise congestion at the entrance

Vehicles leaving site

  1. One way system must be used

  2. Lorries must leave site and turn right over the railway crossing

  3. If railway crossing barrier is out of order, lorries are permitted to turn left to avoid congestion coming out of Highland Spring

For any issues please contact:

Maggie McLeman Contact Number: 01764 660679 or mobile 07590 735393

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Tayside contracts are currently using the salting depot as a base for
spray tar chipping in the area.  Their lorries are doing 30mph
delivering chip to the compound.  The works teams are also driving
through the village and are doing 30 too.  Both have nothing to do with
Highland Spring.  We have no control over the speed.  If you are
reporting a speeding vehicle please make sure its turning into Stirling
Street at the rail yard end of the village.

 

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Highland Spring Work to create new lorry parking area. Work starting 4th June

As many of you are aware the Community Council meet with Highland Spring to monitor the progress of the forthcoming rail development. At a meeting on Thursday this week they confirmed that Perth and Kinross Council Planning Department are to permit the creation of a hard standing area to the east of the warehouses. This did not require planning consent as it falls under permitted development. Highland Spring have worked with SEPA and the Planning Department to ensure that this new parking area complies with current environmental protection laws.

In order to reduce the night-time lorry traffic as soon as possible they will be starting the ground works for this area on the 4th June. The work will remove existing spoil and type one aggregate by lorry, this will mean up to 60 additional vehicle movements over 3 to 4 days in the first week. New aggregate will then need to be brought onto the site the following week which will again amount to an additional load of up to 60 lorries a day over 3 to 4 days. Allowing for the exclusion times this will be approx 8-10 an hour Once the base groundworks are complete a slab of concrete will be poured over a series of dates in the following weeks, lorry numbers are yet to be confirmed for this but may amount to 35-40per day over the 4 scheduled delivery dates. All lorries will be instructed to leave the village at the eastern (Loaninghead) exit.

All traffic entering the village will be asked to restrict the speed to 20mph from when they leave the A9 and are only permitted to park on site (no stacked delivery). Workers will arrive by transport bus direct to site so no additional parking should be required. The route to site will be along Moray street (with instructions not to take any side roads) with vehicles not permitted to enter prior to 7am and work is not expected to continue beyond 5.30pm each day. No lorry movements will take place between 8.30am and 9.15 am and 3.00pm and 3.45pm to avoid the school access times. No weekend working is currently planned.

We are currently working with Highland Spring to ensure that Charter is established for construction work and that a reporting system is in place for any issues that may arise. During discussions we stressed the issues that arose during the last extension to the factory and we have a route to report any breaches of the traffic management that we do not feel are being dealt with effectively by the main contractor.

The project is estimated to be completed within 6 weeks with it becoming operational by the end of July. There will be a planning application for the lighting in this area available for viewing on the planning portal once the discussions with P+K and Transport Scotland have concluded.

 

The Community Council will provide information as it becomes available. We will send out emails,  and post updates on the BCC website and notice boards whenever possible.  The speed of the project to improve night-time noise has meant that details are still being worked on.

2nd June 2018