Why is the work taking so long?

ARBROATH councillors have been questioning why it has taken so long for the issue of a landslip to be addressed by Angus Council.

The landslip, which is located below the houses at Edradour Gardens and Edradour Park blocks the path that runs along the coast.

The result of heavy rains, poor drainage and underground springs, Councillor Alex King was among the first to point out the potential problem this posed.

He said: “I raised the issue well over a year ago, and asked for work to be done on it.”

He added that the build up was “working away at the face of the bank, loosening the surface and making the whole thing unstable.”

It is understood that around three months ago council workers erected barriers around the affected site to begin work, but that poor weather eroded the face of the bank further, thereby causing the landslip.

The Arbroath Herald reported at the end of March that a two-mile section of the cliff-top path running between Arbroath and Auchmithie had been closed as a result of landslip, rendering them dangerous and unusable by the public.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “In February, works were started in Victoria Park to resolve the long standing problem of overland water flows and springs, on and at the foot of one of the park footpaths.

“Due to large amounts of rainfall during the works, a small landslip occurred which blocked the footpath.

“Temporary fencing was put in place as a safety measure and there are alternative routes available to the lower parkland.

“We are at present looking at options to stabilise and reinstate the area, along with associated costings, but in the meantime, the landslip and the surrounding area is being monitored.”