The group feels the narrowness of the road near the junction with the A94 makes it hazardous for pedestrians when large lorries and agricultural vehicles have to pass each other, often resulting in one or both vehicles mounting the pavement.
However, a proposed relief road – which had been included in both the 1998 and the 2005 local development plans for the Perth and Kinross Council area – has been omitted from the latest version of the document.
Mr McKeown set out a number of possible solutions to alleviate congestion hotspots and agreed to meet with members of the community council and local residents, and visit some of the affected sites with them, in future.
But he also said a request from the community council to move the traffic signals on Queen Street further back had been assessed by the urban traffic control team and deemed impractical.
He went on: “In an effort to improve pedestrian safety and reduce vehicle speeds, we have been investigating road safety measures around Tolbooth Steeple.
“The most suitable design would appear to be a priority system which would restrict the flow of traffic to a single lane.
“Reduced carriageway width would allow us to widen the footways.”
Mr McKeown added: “However, during periods of heavy traffic flow, it is possible that vehicles may queue back and obstruct the signalled junction.”
Some of the other proposals put forward at the meeting include:
■Introducing a one-way system along the north west section of School Road so that traffic could enter from Blairgowrie Road but not exit on to it, and widening the pavement. Residents would have access from both directions;
■ Widening the footway on the south side of the Bogside Road junction;
■ Creating a new footpath along the west side of the The Common between Forfar Road and Townhead Street, linking the school to car parks at Forfar Road and Larghan Park;
■ Creation of a one-way system on the northern section of Butterybank and upgrade of pedestrian facilities there.
Mr McKeown stated there were no proposals to introduce traffic-calming measures or alter the road layout at Causewayend at present, saying that “traffic survey data indicates that the majority of drivers are travelling well below the maximum permitted speed limit”.
He added that recent collisions are “due to poor driving practices rather than vehicle speed”.
He did say, however, that Coupar Angus “lends itself” to a 20 miles-per-hour speed limit “overall” and that council were currently consulting with Police Scotland on the practicalities of pursuing that option.
Mr McKeown said that funding for a number of the proposals had been identified from a variety of sources and pointed out that the council “did not wish to proceed with any of the schemes until we have undertaken full consultation with the wider community”.