Auld Brig lighting proposal

A move is under way to re-instate lighting at a prominent Ellon landmark.

Ellon Community Councillors are working with Aberdeenshire Council officials to explore options for lighting at the Auld Brig after the hours of darkness.

At the community council’s monthly meeting last week, members and representatives from the local authority’s bridge and street-lighting departments discussed a proposal to conduct a trial to light the Grade A listed structure for one evening over the next few months.

The bridge is a protected historic monument dating back to the 1793 and previous lighting has fallen into a state of disrepair.

A survey has revealed that the lighting cannot be repaired.

Following an initial discussion earlier this year, Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson arranged for council experts and the community council to get together and the project is now examining options for the future.

Any lighting will need to be funded by the community council, which will begin fundraising once a final proposal has been agreed.

Community council member Nick Langan is hopeful the Auld Brig may again become a feature of the Ellon landscape.

He said: “We are grateful to Aberdeenshire Council and Councillor Merson for their support which one day may see this iconic historical monument become a feature of the Ellon environment once again.”

The proposed trial will demonstrate what can be achieved with modern lighting systems which minimise any of the impact on the environment and light pollution.