Braes work support

PLans to carry out a vital £3 million repair scheme at the Bervie Braes have been backed by the trust that owns them.

The Dewar’s Children Trust, which own the Braes but have no funds to pay for the repairs, have submitted a letter to Aberdeenshire Council in support of plans to stabilise them. The essential work became necessary following a landslide in February, and Aberdeenshire Council were forced to step in and offer assistance. The work that is planned is expected to safeguard the braes from further slippage for 120 years.

The letter, which was submitted on behalf of the Trustees by solicitors Banski and Company, of Laurencekirk, says: “The policy of the Trust has been to support any such works to protect the town. Whilst the Trust has no funds to assist, they are happy to grant unlimited access to the ground.”

Work is expected to begin in April, despite delays in persuading householders to sign waivers giving permissiojn for the scheme to go ahead. Aberdeenshire Council have said that they will take no responsibility for the Braes once the work has been completed.

SNP North East MSP Nigel Don has welcomed the development. Mr Don said: “While there are still issues to be ironed out and resolved in terms of the waiver, this is a welcome development.

“With Scottish Government funding securely in place, and now the green light from the landowners, it is imperative that Aberdeenshire Council resolves the issues surrounding the waiver and works can commence as soon as possible.”