Footbridge link restored at Aboyne

A ceremony was held to mark the restoration of the Tarland Burn footbridge at Aboyne.
A ceremony was held to mark the restoration of the Tarland Burn footbridge at Aboyne.

A well-used and popular footbridge across the Tarland Burn in Aboyne has been restored after it was swept away during the floods at the end of 2015.

The bridge linked Low Road to the Bell Wood community woodland and formed an important connection from the village to the successful mountain bike park within the woodland, as well as offering a safe and attractive circular walk.

It has become very apparent how popular this crossing had become and how much it was missed by the community

Brian Kinkead Mid Deeside Limited Chairman

The route is also popular with residents, who use it to access the village centre safely without walking along the A93 Ballater Road.

It was built in the summer of 2014 as a community project, with funding from a number of grant giving organisations.

However, the bridge was carried away by the severe floods of December 30, with the deck coming to rest some distance downstream.

Now, thanks to volunteer efforts led by Mid Deeside Limited (MDL) and the Aboyne Bike Park Association, the bridge is back in place and open for use.

A small ceremony was held on the bridge on Wednesday, April 27, to mark the restoration.

Chairman of Mid Deeside Limited Brian Kinkead said, “ The rebuilding of the bridge was made possible by volunteers and through partnership between the ABPA and ourselves.

“It has become very apparent over the past couple of months how popular this crossing had become and how much it was missed by the community.

“We have been delighted by the support of the Marr Area Committee who gave us a grant of £2000 towards the cost.

“We are also very grateful to the Coop who allowed us to run a bag pack in their store which raised a fantastic £1400.”

MDL Director Kevin Littlejohn added, “The community response has been brilliant.

“We received many generous donations from individuals and the support during the bag pack was tremendous.

“Roy Grant and Wayne Blair worked really hard to repair and re-erect the bridge.

“It has taken less than 100 days to retrieve the main structure from the burn, raise the funds required and complete the restoration.

“We are very grateful to everyone who supported and assisted this project.”

Mid Deeside Limited (MDL) was set up in 1996 as a means for people in the area to develop projects of local benefit and interest.

The schemes could be of a social, educational, cultural or economic purpose.