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SNP COUNCILLOR WELCOMES DECISION ON PORTKNOCKIE LANDSLIP REPAIRS

16/04/2018  

SNP Councillor for Keith and Cullen, Theresa Coull, has welcomed the decision by Moray Council to commit 1.7 million pounds to repair major landslip damage in Portknockie, which threatened access to both the busy Portknockie harbour and several houses.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Coull, whose ward takes in Portknockie, said:

“This decision was hugely important for the community in Portknockie. People in the community have been very patient since the 22 landslips occurred in September during excessive rainfall carrying tons of mud and rocks down the hillside above the harbour and the harbour access road.

“The Council has a legal duty to keep the harbour open and with all berths in the harbour currently full with a further waiting list for berths, as well as the access required for several houses and another business it is clear how important this work is.

“It is a complex engineering problem and I commend the efforts of council officers in getting this report in front of the council. Clearly 1.7 million pounds is a lot of money but we are talking about a harbour that is very busy with both leisure craft and small fishing boats and which supports the livelihoods of a good number of people.

“It was vital that the Council make a clear decision to protect this vital infrastructure at Portknockie and give the residents who stay both above and below the landslips some piece of mind that the work will be done and done as soon as possible.”

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