>> 13 February 2013
Peterhead South & Cruden councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have welcomed progress on a replacement bridge at Hatton but are continuing to press Aberdeenshire Council to up the pace.
The resultant road closure has cut off a large part of the village to road traffic although pedestrian access was restored by means of a temporary bridge within two working days.
Gas and water mains and electricity cables running under and alongside the collapsed bridge have delayed progress on the site.
Commenting following further discussions with Aberdeenshire Council’s Director of Infrastructure Stephen Archer and Head of Roads Philip McKay, Cllr Stephen Smith said:
“In addition, Scottish Water don’t seem to have an adequate record of the exact locations of the sewers in the vicinity of the bridge, which has delayed things while a survey had to be carried out.
“People in Hatton are suffering a lot of inconvenience due to the diversions in place and the sooner the work can start on getting a temporary vehicle access in place, the better.”
Cllr Stuart Pratt added:
“I’m aware that discussions are at an advanced stage with the landowner to gain the necessary permissions for diverting the gas main and for the temporary vehicle access and I’ll continue to push for these works to be carried out as quickly as possible.”