Councillor a step closer to better facilities at Philorth

pleased: Cllr Topping hopes this is the first step of many to improve the area.
pleased: Cllr Topping hopes this is the first step of many to improve the area.

permament litter bins have finally been installed at a popular Fraserburgh beauty spot after several years of campaiging.

The Waters of Philorth is a beautiful area of the Broch with many people taking scenic walks by the river or afternoon outings to enjoy the natural surroundings.

Two years ago the bins in the picnic area caught fire and destroyed a number of benches.

Councillor Brian Topping has been pushing for the past two years to get the area at the Waters of Philorth back to the standard it should be and the installation of permanent bins has been a first step in the process.

Speaking to the Herald, Cllr Topping said: “I am delighted that permanent bins have now been put in this area.

“Before the permanent bins, two big blue plastic ones were provided but were an eyesore for the area. These new bins really fit into the locality of the area.

“I would encourage people as much as possible to use the bins provided as we should keep the area clean and a make it an enjoyable spot and experience for those who visit it.

“I would like to say a big thank you to Ian Tillet from Landscape Services at the council for agreeing to put these bins in place. I hope this is one step to making the Waters of Philorth a great area to visit. I am now looking to get two new picnic tables put back up, hopefully this could happen for summer.”

The dunes at Philorth are the youngest of the Fraserburgh system developing on the site in the 1930s and continuing to develop eastwards. The sand dune system holds a lot of vegetation, a salt marsh section and reed beds which attract a variety of waders, wildfowl and seabirds.

The reed beds are important breeding sites providing both shelter and food for the migrating birds. Behind the dune ridge is the more sheltered dune area with increasing diversity of flowering species of plants which attract varying species of butterfly

The site is used by the council’s Ranger Service working with local schools as the site is accessible to a large number of schools in the Fraserburgh area. An education pack has been developed for use by schools linking to 5-14 year Environmental Studies.

Activities include sensory walks, bird watching, wild flower hunts, vegetation surveys, sand games, shore rubbish identification, litter surveys and map work.