Joint project to save cairn

The cairn near Scurdieness Lighthouse.'Staff photograph
The cairn near Scurdieness Lighthouse.'Staff photograph

A BID to safeguard a cairn at Scurdieness from coastal erosion could be part of a joint project to also renovate the harbour’s navigation beacons.

Ferryden community councillors were told at their recent meeting that the schemes would be ideal to run together.

The cairn, built beside Scurdieness Lighthouse by the community council, marks a finishing point for the annual Great Outdoors Challenge coast to coast walk but is being threatened by coastal erosion which could undermine it completely. Preventative work has been tentatively estimated at around £8,000.

The beacons, which stand at various points on the north bank of the South Esk estuary, are in need of some restoration but recently missed out on cash from the Coastal Community Fund to help meet the cost of the work.

Tom Dawson, from St Andrews University, visited the village to offer at the community’s council’s invitation but said it might struggle to qualify for a grant from the fund as it has no shop, hotel, heritage centre or museum. He pointed out that its purpose is to enhance communities in order to attract visitors and jobs, and it was “unlikely” the community council’s project would have qualified.

Updating the community council on progress with the cairn, David Wilson, who lives next to the lighthouse, said further meetings have been scheduled with Angus Council’s external funding department but that it might be possible to tackle both projects together.

He said: “I feel there are other things that could be done to enhance that area. Maybe we could apply for a footpath at shore level. What a wonderful walk that would be and it’s something that everyone could enjoy.”