A fresh landslip has stalled a temporary road opening for a North-east community which has been isolated for almost three months.
Gardenstown residents were expected to get vehicular access to their homes in the Seatown area of the village until more mud came tumbling down the hill on Tuesday causing a further risk along with more cracks in the hillside.
Villagers have been unable to drive to and from their houses for 10 weeks since the slope was damaged, forcing the council to seal off Harbour Road on December 29.
The road has only been opened for vehicles for a few hours at a time under supervision for safety reasons.
Aberdeenshire Council officers announced the planned opening would no longer go ahead this weekend, due to the “fresh movement” and “new cracks” that have appeared.
Banff and Buchan roads manager, Derek Murray, said: “Clearly this is a very complex situation, but at the heart of all our decisions is safety.”
A public drop-in session is being held next week, where the latest geotechnical information will be available with a fresh site investigation on Thursday. Representatives from the Banff and Buchan area manager’s team, the roads service and the council’s consulting engineers will be there to give updates.
The drop-in will be at the Dreel Hall on Friday from 9am to 8pm.