The public are to be given an opportunity to highlight their concerns over the closure of two Mearns bridges.
Abbeyton Bridge, which lies about 1 and a half miles up the A90 from Fordoun, was found to have major structural failings when examined by inspectors in July. It has been closed since and is set to be demolished over the Christmas period.
In November the local Member of Parliament, Andrew Bowie, wrote to the Ministry of Defence asking about the feasibility of erecting a temporary structure to replace Abbeyton Bridge.
Fordoun Bridge was closed for the first time in November after a nearby house was demolished. It emerged that contractors had demolished a retaining wall for the road leading up to the bridge. Upon further inspections, more damage was found. The bridge has been closed since mid November.
Now the public will be able to discuss the impact the closures have had. The meeting is being organised by local Councillors George Carr and Jeff Hutchison.
Scottish Conservative Councillor George Carr said: “We wanted to give the public an opportunity to highlight the multitude of road issues which have cascaded out from Drumlithie to Fettercairn as a result of these two bridges being closed.
“Increased degradation of the side roads due to increased traffic flows, pedestrian access to Redmyre School, increased traffic movements at the A90 Fordoun junction, speeding traffic, water problems on the side roads, HGV movements due to significant business activity and the reinstatement of the collapsed road in Fordoun are all live matters.”
Councillor Jeff Hutchison added: “We can also give an update on the two bridges which are causing these problems, but it will be 2019 and after the Abbeyton Bridge has been demolished before officers will be in a position to table some options for Abbeyton in particular.”
The meeting will take place on Tuesday (December 18) in Fordoun Village Hall at 7.30pm.