Work on a replacement boardwalk along Stonehaven’s scenic beach is due to commence.
The current wooden walkway was installed around 20 years ago, but it is now showing its age as boards have become loose and broken, creating costly repairs for Aberdeenshire Council.
But thanks to a joint initiative by the Stonehaven Town Centre Improvement Group, external funding has been raised to build a new one and a contractor has been appointed.
The council has been unable to confirm when work will start, but it is expected “soon”.
Once complete, the walkway will feature two new seating areas, with one at the beachfront’s dolphin sculpture.
New signs will also be installed along the stretch from the harbour to the outdoor pool, helping to link the seafront with the town centre.
Councillor Wendy Agnew, chairwoman of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, said: “This is a tremendous example of partnership working which will have long-term benefits for all those visiting the beachfront for many years to come.
“I also hope that the installation of the signage will help encourage visitors to explore more of the town when they visit, and in particular, the many businesses in the town centre.”
The project has been granted £265,000 from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, and those behind the scheme have applied for an extra £30,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.
A £45,000 grant from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has also been awarded.