Erosion causes major concern


CARNOUSTIE’S independent councillor Brian Boyd has recently had site meetings with authority officials to discuss the town’s coastal erosion problems.

He said he had made the discovery while out walking last week when he noticed the seafront defences were being battered by exceptionally high tides.

On closer inspection he was extremely worried to see some of the remaining sand dunes had been washed away.

Councillor Boyd continued: “Some had an eight-foot drop which is very dangerous to walkers.

“At a subsequent meeting with one of Angus Council’s senior engineers it was agreed to get fencing erected as a matter of urgency. The engineers make regular inspections and had only been on site a fortnight ago before the high tides but then witnessed the serious deterioration when I brought this to their attention.”

Councillor Boys added: “In the medium to longer term the plan is to now start building further sea defences at the area close to the new golf centre.

“This has to go through the planning department and I find every council official now states a note of caution ‘budgets permitting’, but I can assure the residents of Carnoustie I will be pushing to get this problem sorted as a priority.

“I have also noted that there is also coastal erosion near Lochty Burn, and a further request will go into the council engineers’ department to look at this area.”

A spokeswoman from Angus Council confirmed they are looking into the problem and hope to find a long term solution.

She said: “Regular inspections are carried out along the coastline of Angus.

“We fenced off an affected area at Carnoustie at the end of last week and are currently monitoring the situation.

“We will be looking at a longer term solution in consultation with the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee.”