Work starts on path to connect villages

Councillor Norman Smith, Old Deer resident Elma Burnett, Sandy Thom of the Old Deer Community Association, Andrew Wallace, contractor Jack Grant, Hamish Watson and landowner Geordie Burnett-Stuart
Councillor Norman Smith, Old Deer resident Elma Burnett, Sandy Thom of the Old Deer Community Association, Andrew Wallace, contractor Jack Grant, Hamish Watson and landowner Geordie Burnett-Stuart

Work has begun on a new public path between two Buchan villages in a bid to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.

Construction of the path between Old Deer and Stuartfield started on Friday, March 24.

Two local landowners Ian Mowatt and Geordie Burnett-Stuart donated the piece of land required for the new path to prevent people walking along the busy main road.

Funding for the path was achieved with help from the Area Initiatives Fund and the Buchan Development Partnership.

Once completed the new path will be the final link to be constructed in the area, with paths already in place between Fetterangus, Maud and Mintlaw.

Speaking to the Buchanie, councillor Norman Smith said: “The path is a win-win for everybody, it will be a huge asset for people visiting the cemetery at Old Deer and it will help to open up the link between the villages.”

Councillor Smith added: “The path will help to keep people safe and off the road as it can be busy with vehicles at times.”