Ellon footbridge reopens

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An Ellon footbridge has reopened after undergoing repairs.

The Meiklemill structure was closed during the recent school holiday while it was assessed by Aberdeenshire Council.

Remedial work was also undertaken on the foot panels.

A review towards the end of last year concluded there was a need to establish the right kind of remedial works.

Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen viewed the refurbished foot panels on Sunday.

She said: “I am delighted that the bridge is back in use and that the worn foot panels have been replaced.

“I am sure this will make the bridge an easier walk during the winter.”

Councillor Owen added: “A detailed investigation of the whole bridge was carried out and a report will be produced and presented to the Area Committee, hopefully as soon as possible so that we can decide what else needs to be done, if anything. “I will certainly be pressing for the bridge to be properly cleaned in the Spring and receive a new coat of paint.”

The councillor criticised vandals who had struck during the repair work.

She said: “It’s disappointing to see that people felt the need to push the workers’ portaloo into the river with the fencing, “If anyone has any information on this please either contact me or the local police.”