Councillors call for bright barriers to go

Bervie Braes

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The bright orange and white safety barriers that run the length of the road on the Bervie Braes could be painted green.

A motion to consider the re-painting of the braes in the roads budget for 2015-16 was put forward by Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Peter Bellarby at a meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee at Viewmount on Tuesday, backed by fellow Councillor Wendy Agnew.

The road is due to re-open next week and will remain so until October.

The seasonal opening times are a preventative measure against landslips, which have plagued the hills above and below the road in previous years.

Other measures in place are a three-tonne weight restriction and 20mph speed limit.

Perhaps most to the dislike of local residents, however, are the brightly coloured barriers lining the route, with some expressing the opinion that it “spoils” the view of the town as you enter from the north.

Aberdeenshire Council have argued in the past that the barriers are brightly coloured for a reason.

It said in 2013 that the barriers had a “two-fold purpose,” with head of roads and landscape services, Philip McKay, adding: “The first, to offer some protection to passing motorists should land slips occur; and the second, to highlight the risk of landslips to road users.”

Speaking at the meeting, Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Willie Munro said that money had not been set aside for the task, but it was agreed that the local authority would look into fitting it in to the budget.

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