Pitfour Estate restoration plans given go ahead

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BUCHAN area committee councillors have given approval for restoration work at the Temple of Theseus and three surrounding bridges.

Tuesday’s meeting saw the plans submitted by Hamish Watson of Beechfield, Dunshillock, Mintlaw discussed in detail before councillors decided to give the project the green light.

Mr Watson also asked permission to form new pathways for visitors.

The Temple is currently a B-listed building and was described as “small, Greek-like and fairly unique”.

Meanwhile two of the bridges are C-listed with the other B-listed and can each support certain weights.

Two of the bridges can support weights of up to five tonnes while the North West Bridge has had extensive work to it over time and could support weights of up to 10 tonnes.

The committee was told that restoration at the site was welcomed and acceptable in order to bring them back to their original condition.

Renovation plans for the Temple included a glass platform and steel hand rails.

A small water wheel at the Temple was also debated with Mr Watson telling the committee it would “supply low voltage to power it”.

Mr Watson told members: “The Temple is actually too deep for the public to go in safely so glass will let people see inside. It is a valuable addition for the future.”

Committee members were told the site is fairly well used at the moment and was described as a “beautiful walk”.

Councillor Lenny Pirie welcomed the plans and Councillor Jim Ingram agreed saying it would be good for the area, especially because it had received support from the community.

The committee closed the discussion by adding that the Estate has been closed for many years but despite that, it is a huge asset to the area.