Waters of Philorth.
Waters of Philorth.

Two Fraserburgh councillors have spoken in favour of a footbridge being established at Invercairn.

Councillors Brian Topping and Charles Buchan made the remarks following a recent meeting of Invercairn Community Council, where the issue was discussed.

The issue of establishing a footbridge linking Inverallochy and Cairnbulg has remained unresolved for 20 years. However, Councillors Topping and Buchan have urged Invercairn Community Council not to give up efforts to have a footbridge installed.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Cllr Charles Buchan said the Commnity Council has had a meeting with the Area Manager about completing the public coastal path between Cairnbulg and Fraserburgh by building a foot bridge.

At present, the existing path leaves the coast and goes a large distance up the bank of the Waters of Philorth to the main road, crosses the bridge near the castle and then proceeds along the old railway line to Cairnbulg.

Commenting, Councillor Brian Topping said: “Once again, as in the past, I continue to support the work of Bob Stephen, Invercairn Community Council and the good people of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg.

“My understanding is that Mr Anderson, the landowner, has no objection to his land being used for the footbridge.

“The stumbling block is the Feuars Managers who, even when asked officially, refuse point-blank to come to the Banff and Buchan Area Committee which I think is incredible and very disappointing.

“As far back as 20 years ago I got the Harbour Board to donate a footbridge to link the two communities of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg.

“I would like the good people of Invercairn and the people of Fraserburgh to support the work of Bob Stephen and Invercairn Community Council.”

Councillor Charles Buchan commented: “Despite the public consultation of a few years ago, and the petition signed by more than half the village, the bridge at the ford initiative has stalled as the landowner at the north side of the estuary, represented by the Feuars Managers, refuses permission, and even refuses to meet the Council.

“The Waters of Philorth Committee, chaired by Cllr. Ian Tait, who is also a Feuars Manager, has disbanded itself, at the Feuars Managers’ insistence.

“The environmental management of the Nature Reserve is now the direct responsibility of the Council.

“I urge the Community Council not to give up, as the ford bridge is the obvious location for a crossing, as it is near the shoreline, and it avoids the long and more tedious railway route. The Fraserburgh users of this beautiful area should also pitch in, adding to the democratic pressure, and increasing the tourist capacity of the town and village.”