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Fears for seaside village homes
Seatown area of Gardenstown [Pic: Undiscovered Scotland]
Homes in the village's Seatown area overlook the water
Residents in an Aberdeenshire village fear their homes could be washed away unless urgent repairs are made to a crumbling sea road.

People living in Gardenstown argue the narrow road is an integral part of sea defences and should be maintained.

However, Aberdeenshire Council claims the road is private. It says it is willing to offer advice, but will not pay for repairs.

Two properties were washed away in heavy flooding nearby in 1953.

Only a narrow road separates the houses from the sea - and villagers say it is starting to crumble.

'No plans'

Residents fear that if heavy seas continue to pound the area, parts of the road will be washed away completely.

A pressure group has been formed to try and convince the authority to act.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "We have been in regular contact with residents in connection with the road. Our responsibility lies with the sea wall as a coastal defence, as the road itself is private and not under the maintenance of the council.

"The wall has been inspected on a number of occasions, and most recently within the last three months.

"We have offered to provide advice and guidance to residents on how best to tackle repairs to the road, but as this road has not been adopted by the council, we have no plans to carry out the work on their behalf."



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