Work on a replacement for the Ladies’ Bridge in Cruden Bay will start next year, after a decision by councillors on Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to approve the award of the tender to CTS Bridges Ltd
The tender covers the design, manufacture and installation of the bridge.
Enabling works including the formation of a permanent ramp for access, demolition of the existing timber superstructure and preparation of the pier heads to receive the new bridge were previously awarded to the Construction Section. Chair of Policy and Resources Committee Councillor Jim Gifford said:“The decision today to award the tender means the community will soon have a new bridge.
“This is a significant investment by Aberdeenshire Council and I am sure it will be welcomed by everyone in the local area.
“We recognise the importance of this bridge in supporting tourism and providing access to the very popular beach.
“Having consulted with local businesses and the community on the best time for this work to be undertaken, we have scheduled the works to start in mid-March to ensure it is completed for the summer holidays at the start of July.”
The bridge was one of the original Six Key Area projects which covered survey work and confirmed that the bridge needed to be replaced at a cost of £220,000.
Funding of £50,000 was provided through the TREK six key areas budget while Policy and Resources Committee agreed in February that the remaining £170,000 would come from the Six Key Area fund.
Ladies’ Bridge provides pedestrian access over the Water of Cruden from Harbour Street, Port Erroll to Cruden Bay beach and spans a distance of52.5m. It was constructed in 1922.
Vice-chair of Policy and Resources Committee Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “This is very good news for the local community.
“We will keep local people informed throughout the coming year on the proposed works, dates of the closure and any alternative access arrangements. The bridge is the only access from the village to the beach, which is both a resource for the community and a significant visitor attraction.”