Dune defences attacked

The sand fencing, which has been flattened just a month after being put in place.'Staff photograph
The sand fencing, which has been flattened just a month after being put in place.'Staff photograph

MEASURES put in place to try to arrest erosion at Montrose’s dunes appear to have been attacked by more than just the elements.

Sand fencing put in place at the base of the dunes by Angus Council has been flattened, apparently by vandals, but more worryingly the safety fencing at the top of the dunes has also been breached.

While the sand fencing was put in place to try to trap sand at the base of the dunes, the safety fencing near the Medal course’s second tee was erected to keep walkers and golfers back from the crumbling edge of the eroded area.

Councillor David May, a member of the stakeholder group which liaises with the council to oversee the anti-erosion measures, said the offenders are risking their own safety. In the past, that area has been used by teenagers jumping off the dunes.

He said: “It looks as if the fence along from the second tee had been knocked over by someone in order to get down to the beach. The soft engineering fencing at the bottom, which is there to prevent sand being washed away, has also been knocked down and it’s just ludicrous to do that.

“There are signs quite clearly stating that the dunes are unstable, and the council is doing what it can to stabilise them as much as possible.

“What we’re doing at the moment is, at the bottom of the dunes, trying to trap sand that’s blown off the top and that would be planted which would help to cut down on the erosion. Most recently there hasn’t been anything like the erosion that has affected the second hold and it seems to have stopped in the interim. The council has been told about this and someone will look at it this week.”

The fencing was put in place as one of a number of suggestions put forward after an erosion study carried out by Dundee University. A council spokeswoman said it is a trial project which will be closely monitored and amended and added to as the coastline evolves.