District begins to see repairs following storm


Efforts are under way across Aberdeenshire to assess the damage caused by the severe weather.

While a lot of work is continuing to deal with storm damage to the main coastal areas of Peterhead, Stonehaven and Fraserburgh, smaller harbours and coastal areas have not been forgotten.

Crews have been working hard to make initial assessments of the issues at coastal areas in Banff and Buchan.

Urgent repairs have been carried out where possible, with other damage scheduled to be dealt with early in the new year.

A retaining wall suffered minor damage at Sandhaven and it is hoped that remedial works can be carried out in the coming weeks.

At Rosehearty, the severe weather created a hole in the parapet wall of the breakwater at adjoining Port Rae. It is hoped that planned works at Rosehearty in the new year can be extended to include the repair.

A footpath at the top of Kinnaird Head at has been closed off following a minor landlslip. It is being monitored and efforts are being made to identify the landowner.

Area manager for Banff and Buchan, Margaret-Jane Cardno, said: “Our efforts are focused on all areas of Aberdeenshire which suffered damage during the storm.

“Emergency repairs are being carried out where the need is most pressing, particularly in the light of a worsening weather forecast over the coming days, but it must be realised that our capacity to undertake repair measures in the current conditions is limited.

“The council does not own all of the harbours in the Banff and Buchan area, and where damage has been caused to private property, we are working to identify the owners and work with them.”