Councillors are being urged to back almost £1million of repairs to a historic beach front wrecked by storm damage.
Foul weather in December 2013 tore down a section of sea wall at Scotstown near Banff and exposed a gas main.
Now local members are being asked to give Aberdeenshire Council’s landscape services team the power to award a major tender contract for the works.
In a report to the Banff and Buchan area committee, the local authority’s infrastructure boss Stephen Archer has strongly advised councillors to back the proposals to avoid risking further damage.
The document reveals it could cost the council more than £3,300 to rebuild every foot of the wall.
Money is available from the council’s capital plan, which was agreed in April.
Mr Archer said: “It is proposed to invite tenders through Public Contract Scotland for the construction phase to achieve best value for the council. Committee approval is therefore required for the proposal and to progress the scheme to construction phase.”
The initial repairs to the 130ft stretch of wall crippled by the 2013 storm will cost an estimated £445,000.
Councillors are expected to agree a condition that the final tender price will not exceed 25% more than the estimate, a maximum figure of £556,000.
The committee has also been asked to back a three-year rolling programme of repairs to shore up a further 300ft of wall at risk from further damage. This will cost about £400,000.