Plans to repair Victorian landmark in north-east village

The Royal Arch in Fettercairn
The Royal Arch in Fettercairn

Proposals have been submitted to repair a north-east Victorian landmark.

The Fettercairn Royal Arch could be in line for the work after Aberdeenshire Council lodged the plans.

It would see vegetation removed at the historic site and stonework repointed.

New finials, which sit on top of the bridge could also be added if proposals are approved by the local authority.

Built in 1864, the listed structure was created to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Fettercairn in 1861.

Aberdeenshire Council has been trying to deter larger vehicles from passing under the arch.

Emergency repairs had to be carried out at the site earlier this year after high winds caused damage.

One of the finials was completely blown down.

The plans, if approved, would be completed in two phases.

Vegetation would be removed as soon as possible with two finials removed.

The rest of the work would be scheduled to be completed by September and includes the repointing of the structure.