Concerns over a blocked right of way in the Glenesk area were raised by a local resident, Angus Lowden, who branded the move “unacceptable”.
Buskhead Bridge has been gated off by the Millden Estate, which owns the bridge, due to safety concerns.
Ms Lowden said: “The bridge and path beyond it are well used by walkers. The bridge has always been accepted locally as a ‘right of way’. Not content with erecting a high metal gate, it has been wrapped with razor wire. I find this totally unacceptable.”
A Millden Estate spokesperson said: “Buskhead Bridge has been deteriorating for some time to the point where it is no longer a safe structure. In the interest of public safety and following discussions with Invermark Estate and Scottish Water, Millden Estate has been forced to close the bridge. Millden Estate consulted with Paul Clark, an Angus Council outdoor access officer, and locally with Councillor Myles prior to this decision. It is regrettable the bridge has had to be closed, however in the absence of an agreement between the related parties, something had to be done to protect the public.”
A council spokesperson said: “The landowner advised the council of their intention to close the bridge for safety reasons, due to its unsafe condition. The route which crosses the bridge is a claimed public right of way. Landowners must not deliberately obstruct public rights of way, but they are not obliged to maintain the route, or to provide facilities such as bridges. The council acknowledges that the bridge is unsafe, and that its closure is necessary for safety reasons.”