Brakes are put on North-east arch roadworks in bid to find new solution

The Royal Arch in Fettercairn was built in 1864 following a royal visit.

Works to improve the road around a historic arch have been put on hold.

The road at the Royal Arch in Fettercairn, near Laurencekirk, was due to be realigned in a bid to stop the Grade B listed structure from being damaged.

Aberdeenshire Council was due to carry out the works in January but councillors and residents requested the works were put on hold until the correct solution was found.

Previous attempts to realign the road resulted in vehicles being damaged and caravans becoming stuck.

Cllr George Carr, who represents the area, said: “Due to the level of complaints regarding the current road layout the proposed works need to be a solution to the problem.

“Protection of the Royal Arch and alleviating the ongoing damage vehicles incur due to the poor road layout must be a priority.

“Local businesses are also being negatively impacted by the current arch layout as motorists are bypassing the village.”

Cllr Carr has asked for computer modelling to be used to show how the realignment would work.

He said: “We have requested that computer modelling is instigated to dictate how the road should be laid out rather than a ‘suck it and see’ process where further work could then be necessary with consequential additional cost.”

The Royal Arch was built in 1864 at a cost of £250 to commemorate Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s visit to the village in September 1861.

Kincardine and Mearns and Marr roads manager Ralph Singleton said: “A meeting was held with local councillors in January to discuss the challenges surrounding vehicles using the arch and some initial work was undertaken to look at options for improving the situation.

“It has since been agreed that some computer-aided design work be carried out to analyse the most suitable approaches for vehicles, and this work is expected to take place in the next few weeks.”