Council warning after cliff path fences vandalised

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ANGUS Council is warning walkers using the path at Arbroath cliffs to be extra vigilant following vandalism to warning signs and fences in the area.

After a landslip at Seaton Cliffs in March, sections of the coastal path between Victoria Park and Auchmithie were closed to the public on safety grounds, with some since re-opened.

Walkers noticed that there were no warnings and made their concerns known to the newspaper. The only sign left was at East Seaton, creating a potentially serious hazard to walkers from Victoria Park.

It was discovered that vandals had burnt some fencing and thrown away the signs on the approach from Arbroath.

On Thursday council workers put up temporary signs and fencing as a short term safety measure, but will return with a more permanent solution in the near future.

The vandals have been criticised by Angus Council roads vice-convener, Councillor David Fairweather.

He said: “The people who tore down the warning signs and fencing have acted in a wholly irresponsible manner.

“The signs and fences are there to protect members of the public from straying from the safe parts of the pathways and should on no account be tampered with or moved.”

Angus Council said they were currently examining short and long term options for re-opening the path, as well as considering remedial options.

A specialist consultant will prepare a report on the landslips in the coming weeks.