Braes plans given green light

Plans to stabilise the Bervie Braes were given the go-ahead by Councillors at last weeks Policy and Resouces Committee.

The £3 million scheme, which will see the crumbling slopes stabilised, was given the green light and will now go-ahead without waivers.

When Aberdeenshire Council originally agreed to stabilise the Bervie Braes, which were not their responsibility, residents were asked to sign waivers stating that Aberdeenshire Council would have no responsibility for the slopes after completion of the work.

Many residents refused to sign the waivers and so work was put into doubt.

However the new plans approved last week do not require waivers.

Following the plans being approved, the affected residents will receive a letter explaining the details of the new scheme and confirm the council’s position regarding the waivers.

Work could now start on site in April, 2012.

Stonehaven Councillors have welcomed the decision.

Councillor Graeme Clark said: “I welcome the go-ahead for the Bervie Braes stabilisation work. I am glad to see that the necessity for waivers has been dropped and that work will start in Spring next year for completion in Autumn.

“There has been £3 million found for the work and it’s good to see that despite severe budget pressures the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council have acknowledged the importance of the work. There has been a concern about the braes for many years and the work should ensure peace of mind for residents.

“Unfortunately the road across the braes will remain closed but we must keep up the pressure to re-open this stretch as I believe that the link from Dunnottar Castle to the old town is a great attraction for tourists to the area.”

Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “I have been campaigning for a long time for work to be done on Bervie Braes so I am very pleased that a scheme has been agreed that is within the budget available. Finding £1M of Aberdeensire Council money to go with money from the Scottish Government has not been easy at this time of increased pressure on Council funds.

“Targeting areas that are most at risk is a sensible approach. I am glad that the question of liability waivers has been reassessed and that they are not going to be required. I look forward to the work being completed in 2012 so that the residents can have some peace of mind and won’t have the fear of a landslip engulfing their homes.”