Bridge closed over safety concerns

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Concerns over the safety of the Shakin’ Brig were raised at Inveresk Community Council’s meeting on May 9.

The footbridge, which crosses the river North Esk, sits on the boundaries between Angus Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

At the meeting it was uncertain which council were responsible for the maintenance for the bridge although it has since been confirmed that Aberdeenshire Council carry all maintence with Angus Council paying half the costs.

“I was just across the Shakin’ Brig and there is wire mesh on the footpath which is just coming off all over the place”, said community councillor Judith Gallacher.

“You could trip over it, it is pretty bad.

“Once you get over to the far-side, one of the supports underneath has actually come right out of the way with only the mesh holding it together.

“It really is quite dangerous.”

A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “Following a report of a dangerous section on the bridge over the North Esk on the footpath from Edzell Woods to Edzell Village, Aberdeenshire Council carried out a site inspection.

“This inspection highlighted a number of safety concerns and the decision was taken to close the bridge.

“Works will be carried out to make the bridge safe as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

During this inspection it was ascertained that a small section of the timber support for the deck planking had rotted away.

It was also confirmed that some wire mesh panels forming anti-slip protection on top of the timber deck planking had become loose and detached forming a trip hazard.

Barriers are now in place to prevent access to the bridge and advisory signage has also been erected.

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The Shakin’ Brig at Edzell which has been closed due do safety concerns.