Work to replace an iconic Buchan coastal amenity could begin early next year.
The historical Ladies Bridge at Cruden Bay recently received funding support from Aberdeenshire Council.
Originally built in 1922 and providing vital access from the village to the beautiful and much frequented beach, the bridge has suffered at the hands of the elements over the decades.
The funding will allow the old bridge to be dismantled and a new one of similar design and construction to be erected in its place.
Work will start early in 2015 with the construction phase expected to last three or our months.
Cruden Bay Community Association chairman Hugh McIntyre commented: “We are delighted with the funding approval as it secures the future of a key community asset.
“Over the years, the old bridge was subject to several closures to repair storm damage and make it safe to use.
“These closures significantly impacted local businesses as well as inconveniencing visitors and local residents.
“The approval means an end to uncertainty over the bridge’s future.
“We look forward to working with Aberdeenshire Council in developing detailed plans to minimise disruption to the community.”
He also thanked local councillor Stephen Smith for his significant contribution to the bridge project and looked forward to community consultation on the bridge commencing soon.
Meanwhile, heavy machinery has been calle din to complete the first of three pahses of improvements at nearby Port Erroll harbour.
The emergency work involves steel structures shoring up the crumbling seawall defences.
The harbour trust recently received £100,000 in European funding for storm-hit coastal communities. The trust has also undertaken sterling work to raise funds for the project.