“Money will be found” for Road

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COUNCILLOR Wendy Agnew has said that there is money available to secure the re-opening of the Bervie braes road on a seasonal basis.

Speaking at this week’s Stonehaven and District Community Council meeting she said: “Yes, I was told that money would be found.”

Her comment came as Community Councillors discussed Kincardine and Mearns area committee’s decision to recommend the road is re-opened on a seasonal basis with barriers.

The issue is set to be discussed at this months Policy and Resource committee where Councillors will be presented with the option for opening the road.

They will then decide whether to give it the go-ahead and allocate funding to the project.

Community Councillors, who have strongly supported the road being re-opened, asked the Local Councillors why they didn’t support Councillor Graeme Clarke during the Area committee meeting when he suggested an option which would see the road open all year round.

Cllr Agnew then explained that had they put forward a twelve month opening thy would have failed to get the road re-opened.

She explained that at a meeting of the administration, prior to the area committee meeting, it was agreed that the road could be re-opened on a seasonal basis, but not for 12 months and that a number of Councillors were against the road re-opening at all.

Community Councillors expressed their surprise that the decision was made prior to the Area Committee meeting and questioned if this was the case, why Cllr Clarke was not aware of the situation.

Cllr Clarke explained he is not in the Alliance group and so was not at the meeting.

Cllr Agnew said that depending on the weather, the road could open for more than six months.

However this claim was questioned by Cllr Clarke who said that the agreed option stipulated a seasonal opening.

The Bervie Braes road will be discussed by the Policy and resource Committee later this month.