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Drive to attract tourists to a tiny north-east village after a landslip battle

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A major effort is under way to attract tourists to a tiny north-east village that has been battling a landslip all winter.

Harbour Road in Gardenstown is now fully reopen after a specialist monitoring system was installed on the crumbling cliff face above the route.

Work to pin back the mud begins today with 19ft soil nails and steel mesh being put in place to stop any more slides.

Now attention in Gardenstown has turned to marketing the village to prospective visitors.

Businesses have been working with local tourism group Visit Aberdeenshire to provide them with a boost ahead of the traditional summer season.

Information about Gardenstown and what it has to offer features on their website and they have allow been reaching out to people on social media.

Janet Molloy, who owns the Teapot Cafe, said businesses in the village are trying to change perceptions after the landslip woes.

She said: “The problem has been that a lot of the stories about the road have scared people off.

“But we are now heading in the right direction.

“Visit Aberdeenshire have raised the profile of the village on their website and they have been tweeting and using Facebook to get the message about the village out.

“The council have also agreed to help with a business development plan.

“It is not just about the businesses that are involved though, as we have the harbour too.

“I think things are beginning to change in Gardenstown for the better.”

Troup councillor Mark Findlater said it was important that people realised the village is “open for business.”

He said: “There has been a power of work going in the background to help the folk and businesses in Gardenstown get back to normality.

“When I was down on Saturday having a look at the road and the contractors are really cracking-on.

“I do know that a lot of the businesses have suffered but now we are shouting that Gardenstown is open for business.

“It is a beautiful place.”

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