Council respond to gorse cutting complaint

A local woman has hit out at Aberdeenshire Council’s landscape services cutting the gorse back from the roadside on the B9031 road.

Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 4:26 am
Gorse at the road before it was cut back.

The B9031, which provides access to the historic sites of Cairn Lee and St Drostan’s Kirk, runs a stretch of road near New Aberdour, past Gardenstown to Macduff.

Contacting us last week, resident Margaret Bower expressed her anger that Aberdeenshire Council have cut the wild flower back from the roadside near her rural home, the plant providing protection from the elements for wildlife and horse riders who use the road.

Having previous cut the gorse back several years prior, she explained, the move has left the landscape looking ‘horrendous’.

She told us that she has no issue with them cutting back the gorse, a yellow flowered plant, for safety reasons, but does not agree with its removal in such a large extent.

Alan Burns, Roads Manager for the Banff and Buchan Area of Aberdeenshire Council, said: “We cut back the full width of all A and B Class road verges on a regular cycle to maintain and improve visibility and road safety. This particular route was last cut during 2007/08 and this year was the next scheduled cut, in line with council policy.

“The cut is achieved by a mixture of cutting by saw and the use of a tractor mounted flail mower. Before beginning a cut, the service will litter pick any accessible debris to reduce the amount of litter shredded as part of the process.

“This process is carried out at this time of year to ensure that it has a minimal effect on wildlife as it is outwith the breeding season.”