Mountain rescue back snow cam plan

A plan to install a network camera at snow gates near a treacherous path has been backed by an Upper Deeside mountain rescue service.

Feughdee West Community Council has applied for to Aberdeenshire Council for planning permission to install the surveillance piece at the snow gates on the

Cairn o’ Mount road (B974) at Bridge of Dye.

Now Braemar Mountain Rescue service has joined others in supporting the community council’s bid.

The project is to be funded out of council coffers and has been given backing by neighbouring community councils and Aberdeenshire councillors Jill Webster, Karen Clark, Linda Clark and Geva Blackett. The Banchory Business Association has also voiced its support of the plan.

The camera will stream a live image of the gates directly on to the internet so that motorists can check before leaving home or workplace if the road is open any time of day or night.

It is hoped that the camera will help to avoid unnecessary and often serious detours by the many commuters and businesses who use the B974 on a daily basis. A spokesperson for Feughdee Community Council said: “...information given out on the media (about road closures) is not always up-to-date. As the network camera transmits in ‘real time’ the information is always accurate. Although the Glen Dye Network Camera Project is an initiative of Feughdee West Community Council, we are pleased that the wider community in Aberdeenshire will also benefit. It could be said that the farther away from the Banchory/Strachan area you live, the greater the benefit.”

It is hoped that the network camera will be operational by November 1.