Cruden Bay bridge set for revamp

Cruden Bay's Ladies' Bridge.
Cruden Bay's Ladies' Bridge.
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Buchan councillors will be asked to give the go-ahead for the erection of a replacement timber footbright at Ladies Bridge in Cruden Bay, when they meet in Peterhead on Tuesday.

An application for the new bridge will go before members of the Buchan area committee, with a recommendation of approval.

The application will see the erection of a replacement bridge giving access to the public beach from the village of Cruden Bay over the Water of Cruden.

Members will be told that the existing bridge is of timber construction with a concrete sub-structure and is around 1.04m wide.

The replacement bridge will be like-for-like, with minor design changes, retaining use of the existing concrete substructure, while the opportunity will also be taken to widen the bridge to 1.5m to improve accessibility.

In a report to go before Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief Stephen Archer says one letter of representation has been submitted in support of the plan.

He states: “In terms of access, policy supports development of new, improved access point, where an adequate maintenance programme has been agreed and where possible, it addresses the requirements of disabled people.

“Durable hardwood is to be used to minimise future maintenance, eliminating the requirement to regularly paint/treat the timber.

“The design and access statement also raises the issue of the changeable nature of the dunes, limiting access for disabled patrons.

“Roads development has recognised these issues and are satisfied that a ramp for disabled access is unsuitable for the site, owing to the topography of the dunes.

“The replacement of the bridge will allow continuous access to the area to the benefits of the residents and visitors alike,” added Mr Archer.

Members of the committee will be asked to give their approval to the plan at Tuesday’s meeting.