Hope for cairn fund

The Scurdie Ness cairn.
The Scurdie Ness cairn.

AN APPLICATION seeking funding for coastal defences at Scurdie Ness is due to be made to the Angus Coastal European Fisheries Fund.

Ferryden Community Council is hoping that a successful application will help to protect part of the coastline near Scurdie Ness lighthouse and prevent a marker cairn from being undermined.

The cairn, provided by the community council, is one of the finishing points for the annual Great Outdoors Challenge coast to coast walk but is threatened by wave action which could cause its collapse.

Preventative work has been estimated roughly at around £8,000.

At the same time, Montrose Port Authority is to pursue a separate funding application for the restoration of the Grade B listed 19th century navigation markers at the entrance to the harbour’s navigation channel.

The Angus Coastal European Fisheries Fund has been established to support projects that bring economic benefit to the county’s coastal area, with a strong focus on fisheries and maritime related activity.

At Thursday’s community council meeting, member David Wilson said a site meeting had been held earlier in the week with representatives from the port authority and Angus Council and he felt there was “a good chance” the project could attract support.

He also suggested that a second project, to provide a coastal path along the shoreline, could be part of the same application.

He said: “We might not achieve funding from the same source, but it might be a great idea for all concerned to let them know we want to enhance the access to the beauty of Scurdie Ness for the people who walk there.”