Cruden Bay Community Association (CBCA) appreciates the efforts of Aberdeenshire Council to accelerate work on the replacement of Ladies’ Bridge to start next month with construction planned to finish before the summer holidays.
The demolition and construction phase will begin on the week commencing Monday, March 9.
It is currently planned that the complete works will last for a total of 14 weeks and that the bridge will reopen again at the end of June.
During this period the entire bridge area will be closed to the public and consequently access to the beach will be stopped along this route.
The design of the bridge is similar to the existing and will be installed on the existing concrete piers.
The new bridge will be slightly wider, currently 1.04m increasing to 1.5m, to increase accessibility.
The bridge will be constructed from hardwood which is a naturally very durable timber.
Alternative access will be provided to the beach over an approved route across the golf course.
This will enable people to access the beach during construction works, however it must be noted that the dune system is dynamic and the route may not be suitable for all users.
A community drop in event is planned for Friday, February 27 from 3pm until 7pm in the Village Hall where detailed plans for construction, access to the beach and other matters can be addressed by Aberdeenshire Council officers.
CBCA also wish to attract community interest in how to spend up to £40,000 of available capital funding for community groups - for more details contact Hugh McIntyre on 07881 841953.
Members of the Cruden Bay Community Association said: “With great anticipation, the local community is looking forward to resolving the long term issue of secure access to our beautiful beach.”