Cliff path options being investiagted

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OPTIONS to identify the best option to repair a cliff path at Stonehaven are being investigated by Aberdeenshire Council.

The path, which leads from the war memorial along the scenic clifftops to Dunnottar Castle, has been closed since part of it collapsed and it was deemed unsafe.

But some local residents have said that they would like to see the path re-opened as a priority, as it would help tourism in the area.

Sharon Eccles said: “It should be repaired and given priority. It’s interesting that this has not been mentioned util now when the braes have been given so much press. If the road gets opened then the path must be fixed otherwise there is no safe way to walk to and from the castle.”

An alternative route is currently open to walkers that takes them a bit further inland. Local man Martin Gray said: “I was up last week and folk were walking via a slightly bypassed route, up through the war memorial gate then cut down to the left, omitting only about 50 yards of path, and it is not really cutting any of the effect.”

But others claim that the original route should be re-opened as soon as possible.

Nick Hyatt said: “The emerging view of the castle as you approach from the war memorial along the path is one of the best places to see this historic site.

“Without the coast path people are all but forced to trudge along the dull section of road from the head of the Bervie Braes to the castle.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of planning and building standards, Robert Gray, said: “The cliff below the path leading from Stonehaven war memorial to Dunnottar Castle has collapsed, and due to the steepness and unconsolidated nature of the soil structure would require major work to stabilise.

“We are continuing to investigate options to identify the best way to resolve this problem.”