Councillors have called for more information about the repercussions of closing the Glaslaw Bridge permanently to motorists.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee were asked last week to approve plans to repair and reinstate the bridge in Stonehaven’s Dunnottar Woods as a footpath, at a cost of £200,000.
A report stated that the cost of fully reinstating the bridge for motorists would cost £400,000, but the local authority did not have the money to carry it out.
Instead, they proposed to re-open the bridge to pedestrians only at a cost of £200,000.
The committee heard that, if no work was carried out, the bridge was likely to collapse, and could cause Stonehaven to flood.
Councillor Wendy Agnew urged the council to reconsider, and Councillor George Carr added: “I am disappointed to be back here.
‘‘ If the work had been done properly in the first place we wouldn’t have had the most recent incident. This is a fairly important bridge, and the alternative access is not sufficient.”
Councillor Dave Stewart said: “We will never have a decent budget if we keep wasting money patching instead of doing it properly.”
Cllr Agnew added that they could end up spending more for the upkeep of the alternative routes, commenting: “The council has a statutory obligation to maintain roads and the flow of traffic.”
Councillor Ian Mollison said that he would like to see the cost implications for each option before making a decision, but Councillor Alison Evison urged the committee to agree to the pedestrian path, on safety grounds.
The committee voted seven to three to back Cllr Mollison’s request for a more detailed report .