Stabilisation works are to be carried out at a north-east harbour.
Gardenstown Harbour was closed off to vehicles last night to allow for inspection works to be carried out today after cracks began showing in a wall on Main Street.
Aberdeenshire Council has now confirmed stabilisation measures are to be introduced at a roadside wall, which is showing signs of recent movement at Gardenstown.
It is thought heavy rain has severely damaged the wall and caused a bulge.
Traffic restrictions have been lifted to allow people to get in and out of the village, but the full closure will come into force again at 5pm.
Head of roads Philip McKay said: “We are trying to ensure vehicles are not left stranded at the lower end of the village, particularly at holiday lets. However, this has to be carefully balanced against ensuring public safety.
“Meantime we are also preparing for the installation of temporary stabilisation blocks tomorrow which, once complete, should allow us to open the road under temporary traffic lights.
“We have also been in discussion with the owner of the wall and will continue to provide them with appropriate advice and guidance as they consider options for a permanent solution.”
The same area of Gardenstown suffered a landslip two years ago, with vehicles unable to travel down Harbour Road for seven weeks.
Multi-million-pound work was undertaken to make sure a landslip would not negatively affect the village again.
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Troup councillor Ross Cassie called this news “disappointing” with both holiday-makers and residents being affected by the closure.
He said: “It is obviously disappointing for residents there as there was a major closure in the village a couple of years ago.
“I would urge residents to follow the guidance at the moment and wait for the council to properly check the area.
“It’s the stabilisation of the wall that is concerning them most which is why restrictions have been put in place to stop people milling about.
“People were asked to move their cars yesterday away from the area.”
The heavy rain across the north-east has blamed for damaging the structure of the wall.
It is a different area in the village to the one damaged by landslips, although the issue is similar.
Mr Cassie added: “The correct decision was to close the area and allow it to be investigated properly.
“It’s disappointing not only for the residents but there is also a large proportion of holiday makers who will be affected by it as well.
“I hope it’s solved as soon as possible as it affects the holiday lets, which is a huge part of the economy of Gardenstown.”