Mr McDonald wrote to Aberdeen City Council on 17th September 2015 after “numerous concerns” were raised to him by constituents who had experienced or witnessed near misses on the crossing. In his letter Mr McDonald said, “Given that there have been several incidents reported to me involving this particular zebra crossing; I would appreciate if you could investigate the possibility of changing the crossing to a pelican crossing with a view of preventing an accident rather than in response to one.”
Following the incident Mark said, “First and foremost I am hugely relieved that the school pupil was not seriously hurt and suffered only minor injuries. The accident could have been a lot worse and my first thoughts are with the pupil while she is on the road to recovery.
“Local residents have consistently raised concerns to me regarding this particular zebra crossing, and after a ‘near accident’ was brought to my attention in September last year I wrote to the Council requesting that the crossing be changed to a pelican crossing. Unfortunately they deemed that the crossing did not have a high enough footfall and therefore did not qualify to be upgraded.
Calling on the Council to reconsider their previous position on the crossing Mark added, “Although I would have hoped that the Council could have addressed the concerns of local residents before an accident occurred; I would again ask them to reassess the crossing in the hopes of preventing another accident that may have far more serious consequences.”