Mieklemill footbridge damage highlighted

Last Summer saw a change in the footbridge over Meiklemill, the skyline had a huge crane that removed the old wooden bridge and installed a new shiny green footbridge.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 10:16 am
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:21 am
Councillor Gillian Owen points out the damage already done to the bridge.

It was certainly a time of excitement for the residents of Ellon, the footbridge being such a valuable asset for the town.

Cllr Gillian Owen said: “Imagine my surprise when walking across the bridge on one of my daily outings to see scuff marks and chips on the steel bars all the way along the bridge. I really couldn’t believe my eyes; this bridge has only been open since August, yet the damage is unacceptable.

“I took photos to send to the Bridges and Structures Manager who replied with the following, ‘Thank you for bringing this to my attention. The bridge has been inspected and found to have suffered what would appear to be impact damage for almost the entire length of the downstream parapet at a height of about 0.8m.

“This would appear to have been from a small vehicle.

"The barriers in place at each end of the bridge were installed to allow access for assisted mobility and prams, we may need to look at adjusting them to better discourage other uses.

"As this is intentional damage the manufacturer is not a fault, however we have sent them photos for comment.

"We will arrange for remedial painting works to the affected areas, if possible, during the Easter holidays.

"The need for this type of repairs is really unfortunate but very necessary.”

Gillian continued: “The bridge will now be closed in early April so that repairs can be undertaken but I must stress the Wooden Bridge lasted for many years over its designated life.

"I am disappointed to see this damage particularly after all the effort to get a replacement.

“I will be speaking to the Manager and seeing what measures can be put in place to stop damage like this occurring again, but please if you are cycling across, dismount and walk, give way to a cyclist that is already on the bridge.

"Having to close the bridge to repair it will create issues for those that use it regularly but please your patience is needed in this case, we need the bridge to last a long, long, time and these repairs will help to ensure that.”