Work on the reinforcement of the Collie Burn in Peterhead are set to get underway following the approval of a tender by Buchan area councillors.
At their meeting in Peterhead last Tuesday, councillors accepted the tender from Hunter Construction (Ab erdeen) Ltd for the amount of £44,851.86 for the works.
Committee members heard that a 10m reach of the Collie Burn had rapidly eroded over the past few years, where it exits froma culvert under the A982, approximately 30m from the confluence with the River Ugie.
The erosion is threatening the core path and outlet pipes from local residents’ septic tanks, while there is also a Scottish Water recirculation main over the watercourse just downstream that will also require protection.
In a report before Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief Stephen Archer said: “The works comprise protection of the bed and the banks of the burn with rock armour and reinstatement of the banks to protect the path and pipes from future erosion.
“Withour restoration and strengthening of the banks it is expected that the footpath will have to be closed as it becomes a danger to the public.
“It is also possible that further deterioration and undermining of the culvert may put the bridge itself at risk.”
Mr Archer said photographic evidence showed that the erosion was a relatively new problem and that the rate of erosion had been rapid over a period of almost two years.
“Recent monitoring shows that the bank is collapsing further with each heavy rainfall event,” he said.
“It is therefore likely that any delay in carrying out repairs to the bank will lead to increased costs as the erosion continues.”
Following discussions with SEPA, the detailed design of the preferred option was produced and a Controlled Activities Licence obtained.
Tenders were then invited using Public Contracts Scotland.
The SEPA Controlled Activities licence specifies that the work must be completed by the end of September.
“In order to achieve this the contractors must start on site as soon as possible,” said Mr Archer.
Members agreed to accept the tender from Hunter Construction so that the work can get underway as soon as possible.