A LOCAL councillor has pledged to back proposals to undertake major repair work to landslips in Portknockie.
Heavy rains last year left many areas in the village perched precariously near landslips, which has been an ongoing concern for residents ever since. The path following the course of the olf railway line to Cullen was also closed due to slippages.
Ahead of reapir work being debated by Moray Council tomorrow (Wednesday), Keith-Cullen Councillor Donald Gatt said: "I shall speak in strong support of the recommendation at paragraph 2.1 which is: 'It is recommended that council agree to progress Option 3, which is to undertake remedial works to the high and medium risk areas identified in this report'.
“The landslips that occurred at Portknockie in September 2017 are in some areas threatening the stability of property and infrastructure. Portknockie has waited too long for repairs to be carried out.
“Portknockie residents can be assured that I will canvas my fellow councillors to ensure this work is done at the earliest opportunity to safeguard in particular Harbour Road, harbour access track and Patrol Road. This will ensure that the use of historic Portknockie harbour can continue well into the future.
"The cost of approximately £1,745,000 is exactly why the Moray Council should be prudent with taxpayer’s money, for these unforeseen circumstances. This cost, if approved, will be added to the capital plan and incur additional loan charges of £100,000 per annum which of course get paid from the revenue budget."
Audit Scotland has classed the council's revenue and captial budgets as unsustainable in the longer , with Councillor Gatt adding that the local authority would "even more difficult choices in the coming year”.