Catterline villagers pull together to clear road

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ENTERPRISING villagers in Catterline have gathered their resources and taken matters into their own hands, clearing the landslips that badly affected the small coastal community during the winter storms.

Residents of the small coastal village gathered at the harbour on Sunday to begin the huge task of clearing the landslips.

Since the road is still closed to vehicles, the work was carried out by hand, and a pathway was cut through the mud and clay to open up pedestrian access to the pier and the boat shed. A pipe was also put in place to help divert some of the water.

The road remains closed to traffic, and Aberdeenshire Council have a road closure in effect until at least August 2014.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “There will be a couple of stages to clearing the landslips, with initial stabilisation works taking place on the slips at the lower end of the road and then clearing the material that has slipped onto the road.

“This will allow it to be re-opened to pedestrians. Reconstruction of the road in the area of the slip on the lower side will be a longer term operation, which is why the closure is in place until August.”

The road leading down to the pier was severely damaged over the winter, with sections washed away, landslips blocking the road and subsidence threatening to collapse other sections.

The damage has meant that the hugely popular annual Catterlie Cartie Race, which was due to take place in June has been cancelled, however organisers have confirmed that it will be back in 2014.