Temporary bridge a step closer at Hatton

The visible damage caused to Hatton Farm Road
The visible damage caused to Hatton Farm Road

Provision of a temporary road bridge at Hatton moved a step closer last week.

Peterhead South & Cruden SNP councillors Stephen Smith and Stuart Pratt have been pressing Aberdeenshire Council to ‘bridge the gap’ in getting a permanent replacement bridge by putting a temporary road bridge in place.

The resultant road closure has cut-off a large part of the village to road traffic although pedestrian access was restored by means of a temporary bridge within two working days.

Gas and water mains and electricity cables running under and alongside the collapsed bridge have delayed matters and the councillors received confirmation from director of infrastructure that the council will move forward on the provision of a Bailey bridge.

The pair also raised a range of issues covering road gritting, temporary vehicle access using a Bailey-type bridge and timescale for a new replacement bridge.

Cllr Stephen Smith said: “This is a welcome step forward. I understand in matters of gas mains and electricity cables that great care is needed but the village needs to be reunited again as soon as possible.

“I hope now that the temporary bridge can be installed as soon as possible and reduce the inconvenience to Hatton residents.”

Councillor Pratt added: “This is good news but there is still much work to be done to restore even temporary access.

“Along with Cllr Smith, I will continue to push for these works to be carried out swiftly.”