Association mark opening of Boddam pathway project

Boddam and District Community Asssociation members and guests celebrate the opening of the Pathways Project
Boddam and District Community Asssociation members and guests celebrate the opening of the Pathways Project

Boddam and District Community Association held an official opening ceremony to mark the completion of the Pathways Project at Sanfordhill recently.

The association invited along Aberdeenshire’s Vice Lord Lieutenant, Joyce Mackie, to the special occasion held on Thursday, September 4.

The development of Stirling Hill has been underway since 2010 and the association were delighted to receive a £20,000 funding boost from the SITA Trust earlier this year.

As part of the Pathways Project, granite steps and a handrail down to the Den Dam were installed along with picnic tables and benches.

The car park was topped with tar shavings and beside Remote Head Buchan, the quagmire path has been restored to a firm pathway providing a handy access route for RAF personnel.

Meanwhile a completely new path has been created to link the Sterling Hill and Sandfordhill pathways giving a short route to the Den Dam.

Speaking at the ceremony, association chairperson Betty May said: “It would be very remiss of me, unforgiveable, if I didn’t express Boddam Community Association’s public thanks to those who gave us their support both financially and in other ways.

“Standing behind us were Boddam Estates, Breedon Aggregates, SITA Trust, Awards for All and Aberdeenshire Council.”

She added: “We know that one in five families have a disabled member who would find it difficult to join the others in walking our footpaths and enjoy the views from Sterling Hill so we are presently investigating the possibility of providing buggies so all can go over the hill together.”

Association member and former councillor Sam Coull looked to the future as he said: “We see a requirement for a community building and little rustic shelters along the route because we anticipate visitors over the entire year.

“At the Den Dam it’s hoped to develop and expand on the model yacht sailing tradition.

He added: “All of our plans are aimed towards making Boddam seen as a pleasant ‘getaway’ for a holiday break and our Access Pathways fit in with the authorities’ Coastal Footpath strategy which will make it easier for bird watchers to access colonies along to Cruden Bay.”