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MP calls for dedicated fund for tackling landslips

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has called for a national fund to be established to help coastal communities tackling erosion and landslips.

Speaking about the Crovie landslip, he said: “Aberdeenshire Council and its appointed contractors are making good progress in the work to shore up the hillside and the access road to the village.

“It may not have started as quickly as some may have wished, but the most important thing is that the repairs are done properly and will stand the test of time.”

Earlier this week, GE reported that works to tackle a landslip at Crovie were on schedule. A landslip closed the access road in September 2017, meaning it can only be accessed on foot. Since August Geo-Rope has been working to install a mesh system over the affected slope, secured by soil nails, to stop further movement and enable the road above the slip to reopen.

In November 2017 a landslip led to a road closure at nearby Gardenstown, cutting off part of the village. The road was reopened again full time at the end of April this year after Bam stablised the slip.

Duguid added: “Coastal erosion is a problem all along the Banff and Buchan coast and it is an issue that the authorities must continue to monitor.

“The difficulty for the council is the lack of available funding.

“Responsibility falls to local authorities, but Aberdeenshire is one of the lowest funded in Scotland thanks to an SNP government in Edinburgh that puts the Central Belt first.

“I have previously called for a national fund to be set up to help coastal communities – and I will continue to make that case.”

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