Plans to reopen popular cliffs path

PLANS to reopen stretches of a popular Angus coastal path have been outlined by Angus Council.

Seaton Cliffs path was closed last year at three locations between Victoria Park and Auchmithie for safety reasons due to landslips and erosion.

Angus Council in partnership with The Scottish Wildlife Trust, who own the path, have now identified actions which would allow the reopening of the route at Seamen’s Grave, Dickmont’s Den and Carlingheugh Bay.

The council’s depute spokesman on roads issues Councillor David Fairweather said: “Seaton Cliffs path is a popular walk for local people and visitors and I am pleased that actions have now been identified which would allow those sections closed for safety reasons to reopen to the public.

“Although the council doesn’t own the path, it has provided signage and advice to the Scottish Wildlife Trust to assist in the reopening of this popular route, and I hope that all parties can continue to work together to progress this work.”

The investigations concluded that the section at Dickmont’s Den could be reopened to the public with regular monitoring being carried out by the trust and the council.

At Seamen’s Grave the preferred option is to relocate the footpath a suitable distance away from the current route.

Discussions continue on options for the section of path at Carlingheugh Bay, with a diversion along the beach a proposed interim option until a permanent solution is found, allowing walkers access to the path at Auchmithie and access to Seaton Den.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is now in discussion with neighbouring landowners to acquire the land as required to implement the recommended actions.

A meeting of the council’s infrastructure services committee on Tuesday (February 28) will be asked to note the proposed actions.