Cairn protection discussed

A SCHEME to prevent a marker cairn being undercut by coastal erosion was discussed by Ferryden community councillors at their last meeting.

Member David Wilson said a planning application is being drawn up for the project, which has still to find a funding source.

The proposal includes reinforcing the coastline immediately around the cairn at Scurdieness which marks one of the finishing points for the TGO Great Outdoor Challenge, an east to west coast walk across Scotland.

Held annually, entrants leave from around a dozen starting points in the west to finishing points scattered along the coast between Arbroath and Fraserburgh. The cairn, at Scurdieness Lighthouse, was erected as an official marker.

The community council funded the project itself as it was hoped more people would be attracted to the village and surrounding area to finish their trek.

Recently, coastal erosion has threatened to undercut the cairn and the community council is trying to take steps to preserve it.

Mr Wilson said he hoped it is something the wider community could support.

He said: “It’s something Montrosians might also be interested in. It’s an amenity everyone enjoys and is worth protecting.

“What I’m hoping to be able to do, with a little enthusiastic support, is to establish reinforced concrete around the perimeter and back-fill behind it.”

Mr Wilson added that the planning application is being put together with the help of the landowner and Councillor David May suggested that advice could be provided by one of the council’s road engineers who has worked on tackling coastal erosion at Montrose.