Cost of hurricane-force winds felt by Council

Aberdeenshire Council are looking into the cost that the December storms had to the North East secondary school, Fraserbrgh Academy.

The storms, which brought high winds and a plethora of damages to the Fraserburgh area had caused the closure of Fraserburgh Academy over two days, the winds having badly damaged and torn off part of its roof.

The damage, which was located over the economics, learning support and business studies departments, resulted in students missing two days of school while work was under-way to make the area safe for studies to resume.

Similarly, timetables were altered as to not affect studies, classes originally planned in that wing of the school taking place within other departments.

Aberdeenshire Council now look to be facing a bill of over £140,000 to repair the damage at Fraserburgh Academy.

Aberdeenshire Council alos hope complete a full upgrade to Fraserburgh Academy’s roof in the first year of its 13 year capital plan, which will see maintenance and restoration work at a number of other schools and council buildings in the area.

Aberdeenshire Council confirmed to the Fraserburgh Herald that the plans for this work would be presented to members of the policy and resources committee at their upcoming meeting on April 19.

The December storms had also caused many residents in Aberdeenshire to go without power while repairs began to repair the damage caused.

Signs and fences along Fraserburgh’s South Harbour Road, too, were affected by the storm, being flung across the road as if shrapnel.