Years of Campaigning Pay Off as Ladies Bridge Works Commence

>> 3 March 2015

Local councillors have hailed the start of works to replace the Ladies Bridge at Cruden Bay beach as a boost to the local economy.

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillors Stuart Pratt and Stephen Smith have campaigned for seven years to get Aberdeenshire Council to provide funding to upgrade the vital coastal bridge. Work commences on Monday to replace the aging structure which is beyond economic repair.

Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said:

“Cruden Bay beach is a tremendous tourist attraction and a great asset to the village.

“We’ve had several occasions in the past few years where the bridge has had to be closed for safety reasons due to its condition and it stopped being financially viable to carry out major repairs.

“It’s taken many years of campaigning and persuasion to get Aberdeenshire Council to commit the funding for a replacement bridge and I am delighted that work is about to start.”

Cllr Stuart Pratt added:

“Every time the bridge had to be closed, as well as the inconvenience to locals and tourists alike, local businesses suffered a downturn in trade as visitors just moved on elsewhere.

“The new bridge will secure the access to the beach and should be open to the public in advance of the summer holidays and hopefully before that if some of the works which are weather-dependent don’t get delayed.”

Work is scheduled to start on removing the existing bridge on Monday 9 March.

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