From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –
Work is about to start on a replacement boardwalk in Stonehaven.
The existing boardwalk was installed around 20 years ago, but has since reached the end of its life with boards becoming loose and broken which is creating additional costly repairs and maintenance.
Now, a joint initiative led by the Stonehaven Town Centre Improvement Group has been successful in raising external funding to construct a replacement boardwalk and has just appointed a contractor to undertake the works.
The group comprises Stonehaven & District Community Council, Stonehaven Town Partnership, Stonehaven Business Association, Stonehaven Tourism Group, Horizon, Stonehaven Men’s Shed and Aberdeenshire Council.
It was awarded £265,000 from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund and has since applied for additional funding including £30,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund. A £45,000 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) grant has also been awarded by NESFLAG.
Two new seating areas will be created as part of the project – one of them giving pride of place to the much-loved dolphin sculpture. New information and interpretative signage will also be provided along the entire stretch of the seafront from the harbour to the outdoor pool helping to link the seafront with the town centre.
Chair of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, Cllr Wendy Agnew, said: “This is a tremendous example of partnership working which will have long-term benefits for all those visiting the beachfront for many years to come.
“I also hope that the installation of the signage will help encourage visitors to explore more of the town when they visit and in particular the many businesses in the town centre.”
Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager Bruce Stewart added: “This replacement wooden boardwalk will be a tremendous asset to Stonehaven and I would like to congratulate all those involved with the improvement group for raising the external funding and getting to this stage.”
During construction, the area will be fenced off and signage erected directing people to take an alternative route along Allardice Street and onto the High Street to reach the harbour.
NESFLAG (North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group) is funded by the European Union’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Scottish Government.