New footbridge is welcomed in Newburgh

The  new Butcher's Bridge at Newburgh
The new Butcher's Bridge at Newburgh

A rundown footbridge in Newburgh has been replaced, providing a boost to the community.

The central footbridge, also known as The Butcher’s Bridge, recently reopened after the project was given the go-ahead last year by Aberdeenshire Council.

The original two-span structure fell into disrepair and a replacement link to a local beauty spot and play area was ordered.

Due to the high risk of tidal flooding during the work in winter and the need to prefabricate the bridge, construction did not get under way until March.

The scheme was finished in mid-July and the formal opening took place yesterday (Wednesday).

The new single-span bridge is slightly wider for improved buggy access between the playpark and Main Street, and the height was raised to minimise its impact on tidal flooding.

Council leader Jim Gifford said the council recognised the importance of the bridge to the local community.

He added: “The bridge gives easy access to a popular recreation spot and I know will be well used by locals and visitors alike.”

Formartine area committee chairman Rob Merson said: “The local community is already making good use of the bridge, which is a great improvement on the previous one.

“The construction is such that we hope it will continue to benefit the community for many years to come.”