Locals in Main Street, Broadsea, have noticed that all is not well with their street lights and lamp standards.
The standards are of the fold-down type, like flagpoles, to allow for easier maintenance.
However, in many cases the hinges have seized solid and at least one has broken, leaving only a stump.
Some bulbs are not functioning.
Aberdeenshire’s lighting department told Councilor Ian Tait that a representative from the lighting column suppliers has been on site and, although he managed to fold down more than half the columns, the remainder were seized.
He applied a lubricating agent and planned to return to try them again.
The councillor understands that the lighting scheme is outwith its warranty maintenance period.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “Some of the lighting along the Fraserburgh Coastal Path has suffered the effects of salt spray, leading to the internal mechanisms of some folding columns seizing beyond repair.
“Inspections have been carried out and the damaged units are to be replaced with a different model of lighting column and LED lanterns which should offer a longer life with a reduced need for maintenance.
“This work is due to take place in the summer, when weather conditions should be more favourable.”