Port Rae pier to have section removed following storm

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Troup councillor Hamish Partridge has told the Fraserburgh Herald that Port Rae Pier, Rosehearty, will have a section removed from it following storms last week which battered the East coast.

Speaking last weekend, Councillor Partridge told the Fraserburgh Herald that he had been in discussions with coastal protection officers at Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that the smaller coastal communities are not looked over for repairs.

“The Port Rae pier is of huge importance to safeguarding the community of Rosehearty from storm conditions as seen at the weekend.

“It is vital that the pier is repaired and kept to a standard that offers coastal protection to the village all year round,” Councillor Partridge said.

The Troup councillor added: “[Aberdeenshire Council] have inspected the damage and arrangements are in hand to remove a section of the upstand wall that was damaged in the storm, appropriate barriers will also be put in place to advise of the damage to prevent people from accessing the pier for health and safety reasons.

“Plans are also being developed for the appropriate repairs to be programmed.

“Rosehearty Harbour is due to have contractors working there in early January and at this stage Aberdeenshire council are investigating the potential of extending the contract to cover the repair work to the upstand wall at the Port Rae pier.

“I am delighted to hear that Aberdeenshire Council are committed to coastal protection repairs on the Port Rae pier, this is a huge concern within the community of Rosehearty and I will continue to monitor progress.”

Earlier this year, residents of Rosehearty held a public meeting to discuss the conditions of Port Rae pier, fearing that, should the pier deteriorate, the town’s Union Street would flood.

The meeting was, however, cancelled due to a lack of interest from the greater public.

Scheduled to start at 7pm, only eleven people had turned up to the village hall by 7:45pm, vice chair of the Rosehearty Community Council, Graham Collie, apologising to those in attendance.

“I can only go on anecdotal evidence that, if the pier goes, Union Street will flood,” the Community Council’s vice chair said at the failed meeting.

Prior to the attempted meeting, the Community Council had raised their concerns that the pier may not survive another harsh winter.