>> 23 April 2013
Peterhead South & Cruden councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have vowed to continue to push for an early date for construction of a permanent bridge to replace the one lost during December’s stormy weather.
The councillors made the pledge as they visited the newly-opened temporary Bailey bridge which was completed on Friday afternoon.
The resultant road closure after the original bridge was damaged 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 delayed works and Councillors Smith and Pratt persuaded Aberdeenshire Council that a temporary solution had to be found in the meantime.
Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said:
“My hope now is for the works on the permanent replacement bridge to commence and be completed as soon as possible and allow things to return to normal in the centre of the village.”
Cllr Stuart Pratt added: