Action needed to slow down erosion

ANTI-EROSION measures at Scurdie Ness have become a more urgent requirement after recent rough weather, Ferryden community councillors have been told.

Temporary protection for the worst affected areas along the coastline has been provided by local farmer Brian Alston who has placed rocks to prevent further damage, but member David Wilson, who lives next to Scurdie Ness Lighthouse, told last week’s meeting that further action will be needed.

The community council had hoped to attract grant funding to help protect a marker cairn at the site. An application was lodged with the European Fisheries Fund – administered by Angus Council – but it stalled after the project was deemed unsuitable.

Mr Wilson said: “With the recent east wind we’ve had some pretty terrible erosion on the foreshore and there has been a lot of damage.

“A couple of loads of rock have been dumped at the edge and there’s more to come. The only problem with rocks is that you need heavier ones at the bottom to stop the rest being sucked in by the waves and they need to be sealed with ready mix with rods sunk in to retain it all.”

The cairn, which was provided by the community council in 2005, is one of the finishing points for the annual Great Outdoors Challenge coast-to-coast walk. An annual event, the walk takes place in October with entrants leaving from around a dozen starting points along the west to finishing points scattered along the coast between Arbroath and Fraserburgh, although all walkers have to report to the organisers’ control centre in Montrose.

Chairman Gordon Brown said that alternative funding sources and ways to arrest the erosion process will be pursued, but it is obvious that action need to be taken soon.

He added: “If we wait much longer there won’t be anything to protect.”